A lot of us love animals, but when they bite or attack us, the animal owner needs to be held accountable.
This is particularly important when the victim is a child.
I’ve seen too many cases where the owner is more concerned about what is going to happen to their animal, than to what happened to the person bitten, attacked or mauled by the beast.
New Hampshire has good laws to protect victims of dog bites and animal attacks. It is a matter of strict liability. If a dog attacks and injures someone, the owner and/or keeper is responsible – even if the animal never acted that way before.
A claim for damages can be made under the homeowner’s insurance policy.
It has been reported that 5 million people are bitten by “man’s best friend” every year. Many victims are young children. Common injuries include scarring, fractures, lacerations, infection, rabies and cellulitis. Once in awhile, the injuries are far worse.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal, be sure to report the incident to the local dog officer or police department; take photos of the injuries; and, of course, seek medical attention and care.
Charlie Donahue is a people-lawyer, so if you have any questions about an animal attack and want straight talk and honest answers, contact DONAHUE LAW FIRM now for FREE legal advice.