Dog Bite or Animal Attack?
Our personal injury lawyers bring a proven record of success to the thorough and aggressive fight for fair and appropriate compensation when you or a loved one is a victim of an animal attack. An attack from a domestic or nondomestic animal can result in minor to devastating injuries, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, or death. To protect yourself and your family against the often-complicated legal aspects of an animal attack, before the statute of limitations runs out, you need and want the legal experience, personalized attention, and solid advice of our Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. team of personal injury attorneys.
Animal Owner Responsibility
All owners are responsible for keeping their domestic pets restrained or supervised, and the owner must inform a guest or visitor if the pet is dangerous. A domesticated animal is any animal living with a human, and is dependent on that human for food, water, and shelter.
Non-domesticated or “wild” animals kept on a person’s property such as large cats, monkeys, bears, bees, or other animals normally found in the wild also fall under the owner’s responsibility.
It is not always necessary for an animal to touch the person for injury to occur. Serious catastrophic injuries including spinal cord injury, brain injury, internal bleeding, and loss of limbs are possible consequences of a slip and fall or vehicular accident while fleeing from an aggressive animal.
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Animal Attack Causes
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite. Although dog bites are the most common form of an animal attack, numerous other domestic animals such as cats, birds, and ferrets also bite humans. Many victims of domestic animal bites are young children. Any animal, regardless of breed, type, or training is capable of directing an attack on a family member, friend, or stranger for any reason including:
- Dominance –Person takes something away, tries to pet, hold, pick up, or disturbs while the animal is resting
- Fear – Person approaches too quickly when the animal is afraid
- Protective/Territorial – Stranger approaches the owner or the home of the owner
- Predatory – Reaction to small, quick moving children or animals, most common when more than one animal is involved
- Pain – Person approaches or touches injured or painful area on animal
- Punishment – Person hits, kicks, or verbally abuses animal