Sadly, one of the most common types of personal injury claims, after workers’ compensation claims and car wrecks, involve dog bites. Thousands of people every year are bitten by dogs, including dogs they may know. It’s important to remember that all dogs, no matter how friendly, and no matter how well you know them, are still animals, and they must be treated with respect, and with the understanding that they don’t look at the work or understand it the way we do. Animal owners, especially have to understand those differences between people and animals.
However, dog bites are not the only types of injuries from animals that may give rise to a personal injury claim. The personal injury lawyers at the Miller Law Group have handled many different kinds of injury claims caused by animals. Cats, horses, exotic pets, spiders, bed bugs, snakes, and other sorts of animals can cause injuries. Often, animals are not attacking, but if a dog weighs 80 or 90 pounds, even when playing, it can cause serious harm. Animals often knock people down, wind them up in leashes, or otherwise cause injuries without necessarily attacking. For pets and livestock, owners are required by law to keep their animals under control and to warn others of the potential for injury.
If you’ve had the misfortune to be attacked by bed bugs, fleas, or other vermin while staying in a hotel, you may have a claim against the owners for failing to keep a clean and habitable establishment. Livestock that escape their pens, pastures, or other holding areas can cause wrecks, trample or gore unsuspecting bystanders, and otherwise cause lots of harm and damage. People who are injured from interacting with horses may have a very difficult time obtaining a recovery, because their are laws designed to give strong protections to horse owners. Still, someone can have a successful claim if injured, but you will have to consult an experienced lawyer to see if your case meets any of the exceptions for claims from horse-related injuries.
The laws regarding this area have to understood and carefully navigated. Even someone with a good claim can be easily thrown out of Court if they don’t know what they are doing and how to follow the law. The lawyers at the Miller Law Group have over 50 years of combined experience with handling animal-related injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation to see if we can help. We’ve got your back.