For millions of people, the idea of owning a pet or two is something that brings a smile to their faces.
That said pets can be as unpredictable at times as the weather, especially if they are not yours.
If you’ve been injured by someone’s pet, will you bite back with a personal injury lawsuit? In the event you do, having the right Minnesota personal injury attorney by your side is important.
He or she can advise you of what options you might have to successfully go after a pet owner, even in cases where you may know and/or be friendly with the individual.
In a number of states, what are known as “dog bite statutes” come into play, meaning liability can be enforced against a pet owner minus fault.
Injuries Related to Pets Can Require a Minnesota Attorney
Keep in mind that an injury suffered as the result of a pet bite etc. can prove traumatic, especially if your child is the victim.
Your personal injury attorney in Minnesota will want to know such information as:
- Incident – For starters, how did you or a loved one get injured? Was it by a neighbor or friend’s dog or cat? If so, to what degree were the injuries? Having a little scrape is one thing, but a serious bite can lead to unintended financial costs and medical care. The injury may not even be a bite itself but a fall or other related medical issue suffered due to an animal’s actions. For instance, a dog lunging at you could cause you to fall and/or hurt your back or other area of your body in trying to avoid direct contact;
- Costs – As painful as a dog or cat bite (or other animal related injury) can be, the financial fallout can prove painful too. Keep in mind that medical care could involve more than just tending to the initial wound itself. If the animal is suspected of having rabies, individuals will have to endure additional treatment.
If you’re in need of a personal injury attorney
following a pet incident, make that call today.