Dog bite injuries can be a nightmare to deal with for victims and pet owners. Oftentimes emotions can run high. Pet owners may try to put pressure on the victim of a dog bite injury to accept blame for the attack or not report it. Meanwhile, the victim is left to find care and treatment after their injury.
Depending on where the bite occurred, renter’s insurance, homeowner’s insurance, and even automobile insurance may be available to cover the victim’s legal damages. Identifying available insurance coverage is critical. When emotions run high, however, these important details can be overlooked. For those pet owners who do not possess any such insurance policy, the cost of any medical care for the victim, damaged property, and other expenses can be pursued directly against the individual pet owner.
In New Mexico, someone who is injured by a dog bite can recover under a strict liability theory or a negligence theory. If a dog owner knew or should have known that a dog is “vicious” then the dog owner is strictly liable for any damages caused by the dog’s attack. However, even if a dog owner has no reason to believe that the dog is vicious, the dog owner can still be held responsible for ineffectively controlling the animal in a situation where it would reasonable to expect that injury could occur.
In addition to general damages, a judge or a jury may find that punitive damages are in order if the dog in question has been known to bite, attack or knock down others in prior incidences. Especially if the animal in question was in violation of a city or county’s leash law or other regulation intended to prevent such attacks. The victim of a dog attack should not be responsible for unprovoked attacks.
At Ring Jimenez, we can handle all of the legal proceedings that may be necessary as a result of your animal attack. It’s our job to make sure that you are compensated for your hospital bills, lost wages and other losses incurred as a result of your trauma.
If you have suffered a dog bite or other animal attack, call our law firm for a free consultation. This no-cost advice can help guide you and your loved ones towards making the right move after your personal injury. Ring Jimenez is on your side.