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Animal bites and your rights in New Hampshire

If you've been bitten by an animal in New Hampshire, you might not know who can be held responsible. If it's a neighbor's pet, can you legally ask them to pay your medical bills? What about for the time you miss from work? In some cases, if an animal is known to be vicious, you could indeed have a case.

What about if you have a bite from a stray animal? Unfortunately, unless you can find out who the animal belongs to, you won't have anyone to claim against. If you were bitten while visiting a local pound or humane society, you could have a claim if the animal had escaped while in their custody.

What's interesting is that if you're invited onto a property to do work, you are protected against being bitten or injured by an animal. So, if you're delivering mail, working on the electrical box or even finishing up some plumbing when you're hurt, the homeowner may be able to be held responsible. You may also be able to claim for workers' compensation against your employer, but these cases are unique and need to be claimed for on a case-by-case basis.

It's normal to claim workers' compensation if you were hurt while working; that includes being bitten by an animal. That compensation is in addition to any you can claim from the owner of the animal. Additionally, if the owner broke a law like local leash laws, you could bring a lawsuit against them for that error.

No matter your situation, dog and animal bites are serious injuries that need proper treatment and time to heal. With the right help, compensation is just a few steps away.

Source: FindLaw, "Dog/Animal Bites - FAQ" Oct. 08, 2014

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