Q and A on Animal Bites
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Thousands of Americans are bitten by animals every year. Most common are dog bites, but many other types of animals can and often are involved. Oftentimes, a person bitten by an animal may have a right to recover any damages they have suffered. It may be possible to recover from the animal’s owner or if there was another responsible party.
What Should You Do If An Animal Bites You?
Immediately seek proper medical attention after any kind of an animal bite. Whether it be a dog bite, cat attack or another type of animal, bites can be deadly even if they do not appear to be very serious at first. Not getting treated is very dangerous, as any animal bite can cause serious injury, and/or infection. After receiving a medical evaluation, consider consulting a lawyer who has experience with animal bite law. Your attorney will be able to tell you whether or not you have a legal claim, who the responsible party is, and what, if any damages you may be able to recover.
What Does My Attorney Need to Know About the Animal Bite Attack?
Your bite attorney will want all of the information about the circumstances involved in the animal bite attack. Be sure that you can provide the name and phone number of the animal’s owner, in addition to the location of the incident. Provide the attorney with the names and contact information for any witnesses as well.
Who is Responsible for Dog and Animal Bites?
In California, the animal’s owner is legally responsible for any animal bite caused by their animal. Whether or not the owner h
ad any reason to believe that the animal was dangerous, if the animal is involved in causing injuries, the owner would still be liable. Injuries suffered in a pet store, for instance, or at a horse stable, would more than likely be covered by the business’ liability insurance. As long as the bite victim was legally on the property, the owner has the legal responsibility to keep people safe from harm. You have the legal right to be safe, as long as you are not contributing to the problem. For instance, you did not tease the animal, or drop or improperly hold it, or intentionally cause it any harm.
Why Are Animal Bites So Dangerous?
Not just dogs, but cats, pet rats, rabbits, almost any kind of animal, can deliver a
potentially serious or deadly infection from just a small bite. Most animals, even ones who have been properly inoculated against rabies still carry dangerous germs in their mouth. Even just a small bite or deep scratch can result in a terrible infection. These infections can, if untreated, lead to a loss of limbs or life. This is one of the reasons why medical treatment is so important.