People and animals interact all the time. Sometimes, those meetings do not go as planned – and someone gets hurt. Pets like dogs and cats can cause Personal Injury by biting or scratching a guest on the property. The owner may be liable for those injuries, especially if he or she has reason to know that the dog has a “propensity for violence,” i.e., if the dog has been violent toward other people or animals in the past. The owner may not be liable if the injured person was trespassing in the yard or the house where the animal was staying.
The owner of a wild or exotic animal has an “absolute duty” to keep his property safe to people coming onto his property at his invitation or for a specific purpose. The “absolute duty” means the owner will be responsible if someone is hurt by the wild animal whether or not the owner did something irresponsible, like leaving the cage open.
The owner of an animal can also be responsible for damage caused by his animal if that animal trespasses on another person’s property and injures someone, destroys livestock, or destroys property.
Owners of livestock have a duty to keep their livestock fenced and off roads and highways. When a horse or cow gets loose and wanders onto the highway, the owner of the animal should be responsible for damages when a car strikes the animal or swerves to miss the animal and strikes another vehicle.
Owners of livestock may also be liable for injuries to people riding their horses or walking in and around those horses. Whether the owner is responsible depends on each unique set of facts, including the relationship of the owner to the rider, the relative experience of the rider, the location of the horse, and whether the owner did something irresponsible with the horse.
Injuries caused by animals fall into many different categories and require individualized attention. If you or a loved one has been injured by an animal owned by someone else, please contact us today to set up your free consultation.
First, seek medical care. After any type of accident, or if you are experiencing irregular physical symptoms after taking medication, or if you are experiencing symptoms related to toxic exposure, call 911 for an emergency or schedule an appointment with your family doctor for a check-up. Provide your doctor with details about the accident, medication, or exposure, so that she may better assess your symptoms.
Second, make sure you preserve all the evidence. Keep any and all paperwork related to your injury. Keep any letters sent to you by insurance companies and keep a copy of any letter or notice you send to a business advising them of your injury. If possible, keep any packaging, inserts, and parts of any dangerous product or contaminated food. Keep all medication bottles and remaining medication. Take pictures of the accident scene or any item involved in the accident. Get the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses, and get a statement of what they saw if you are able.
Third, make an appointment with a personal injury attorney. The time limits to bring some of these claims can be as short as ninety days from the injury. Do not delay in getting legal advice for your personal injury lawsuit because you may be waiving your right to recover anything for your injuries by waiting. Call now: 417-999-9999
The Personal Injury lawyers at The Hershewe Law Firm offer a free consultation. At no cost to you, you can sit down with an attorney, explain the facts of your potential claim to them, and they will begin an initial investigation of your claim and explain your rights.
Our team of personal injury attorneys can help make sure that the necessary actions are taken to protect your rights, and we can give you the legal advice you need while on your path to recovery. Our firm’s accident lawyers handle all types of personal injury and negligence cases, including automobile injuries, school injuries or injury on another person’s property, birth injuries to mother or baby, defective products or defective medication, manufacturing defects and design defects, medication errors or pharmacy errors, equipment malfunction, firework injury, aviation accidents or plane crash injury and wrongful death, railroad accidents and bus injuries, abuse and neglect of the elderly, assault and battery, dog attacks, slip and fall accidents, toxic or chemical exposure, as well as other general negligence.
If you have been injured and need the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer, call or contact The Hershewe Law Firm today at 417-999-9999 for your free consultation.