If someone sustained injuries due to an animal bite, very often we can collect a substantial settlement or award for the pain and suffering and other damages suffered by the victim. It does not have to be a bite; it can be any type of injury inflicted by a pet. Perhaps it’s a horse that tramples someone. As long as the owner should have prevented the injury, there may be a case.
For a pet owner to be responsible for injuries inflicted by his animal, the owner has to have some indication that the pet had “vicious propensities”. For example, if the animal (a dog, perhaps) was aggressively chasing people in the neighborhood or had bitten another person, this case is easily won.
Typically, pet bites are covered by the pet owner’s homeowner’s insurance thereby making the homeowner’s insurance company responsible for all damages. We have handled many such cases and have one of the largest settlements in New York for a “dog bite” case.
Call our Animal Attack Lawyers 24/7 at 1-800-NOW HURT for any type of injury involving an animal.
Dog Bite Statistics
- Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year.
- In the past several years, there have been 30 to 35 fatal dog attacks in the USA annually.
- Each year, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms, and approximately 850,000 victims receive some form of medical attention.
- Based on data collected in the USA between 2009 and 2010, the CDC concluded that there were 4.5 million dog bite victims per year, but that figure appears to be rising.