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Will being hurt by a strange animal kill a case in New Hampshire?

Sometimes, the kind of animal that bites you will affect your legal case in New Hampshire. For example, if you're bitten by a dog, you can be covered by local or state dog-bite laws.

There are strict-liability requirements on owners to keep dogs leashed and in their own yards and homes, especially when they're known to be dangerous. When a dog attacks a victim, the owner can be held responsible for that attack and the injuries that were caused. Of course, if the injured person provoked the animal, his or her case may not hold in court.

Another animal you could be hurt by is a horse. Imagine walking through a neighbor's field and being attacked by their loose horse. In some instances, if you were legally walking through the area, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. In cases where you were trespassing, it may be said that you assumed the risk by entering the property on your own and without permission. Also, if you provoked the animal, that could affect your case.

Interestingly, if someone near you owns wild or exotic animals, they may be subject to strict liability laws as well. For example, if the resident owns tigers or wolves that escape and hurt people, they could be held liable for not keeping those animals locked up safely. Because wild animals are considered uncontrollable, the owner is usually able to be held liable no matter how he had previously tried to keep the animal away from the public.

Every case with an animal involved is different. If you've been attacked by a dog, lion or any other animal, speaking with someone who understands your rights is a good idea.

Source: FindLaw, "Does the Type of Animal Affect a Bite Injury Case?" Oct. 29, 2014

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