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Dog, Animal Bites & the Law

Thousands of people living in the States are bitten by animals each year. Among these people, most of them suffer from dog bites. Usually, people who are bitten by dogs and other animals that people keep as livestock or pets will actually have the legal right to ask for compensation and get the money to recover the damages from the bites.

 

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Of course, there are some exceptional cases. For instance, if you challenge the dogs or other animals and you make them angry so that they bite you, you may not have the legal ground to get the compensation. Or perhaps you've entered someone's yard and walked right past the warning about the owner's dog. This will not help your case either.

When the animals bites you, you need to seek immediate medical help. After this you may call the police. As you know, there are a lot of infections caused by bites from dogs and other animals and you have to make sure that you are under medical care so that the infection will not spread.

After you have sought medical service and called police who should have filed a report, write a journal of your own account of what has happened. This may come into play later and will be helpful for you to detail the circumstances while your memory is fresh.

After you do this, you should contact the animal's owner. They may not be fully aware of the situation and may want to settle your medical bills upfront.

If this interaction is not satisfying, another avenue of recourse is to call a lawyer who is experienced in handling dog and animal bite cases. The attorney will have enough tell you whether you have a valid legal claim. They will give you advice so that you can decide how to proceed.

You may want to provide the lawyer a copy of your journal with the details of your entry. This will help the attorney to analyze your case carefully. If there are witnesses, this should be written down in the journal along with any details such as the person's name, phone number and what they look like plus if they have any relation to the animal owner.

In some states, owners of the animals will have 'strict liability' for any accidents caused by the animal. This means that these owners will be responsible to give you compensation for medical bills and time lost at work.

But in some states and under some circumstances, the owner of the animals would not be liable for the accidents. For instance, if the victim is a child and the parents did not look after them carefully, the parents may be held liable for the accident instead of the animal owners.

In addition, landlords may sometimes be liable. If there are two tenants living in the apartment and the landlord knows that one of them has a dangerous animal, he or she would be responsible for the accident provided that another tenant is bitten by the animal.

The landlord did not protect the interests of other tenants in the apartment and he or she should be responsible for the bites or at least partially responsible along with the pet owner. These are the kinds of issues when having an attorney review your case would be helpful.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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