When you're living with a pet or are visiting with someone who has one, you need to be aware that even a slight bite or scratch can be devastating to the body. If a pet bites, the owner needs to be held accountable for those injuries and the costs you accrue. Any kind of puncture wound or open cut can get infected and cause problems. For example, if you're scratched by a cat, it's possible to get a life-threatening infection from the bacteria on its teeth.
When you're bitten by an animal, there's more to worry about than who's to blame. On top of having to find someone to be held liable, you're going to have to worry about your health.
Often, when you think about animal bites, you probably think of dogs attacking people or larger animals getting violent. Littler animals like rats or pet mice don't cause too much concern, and when you think of the family cat, you probably think about scratches first and foremost. You might consider speaking to your attorney if you're attacked by a cat, though, because they can cause more harm then you may think.
Getting bitten by an animal is not something you'd choose to have happen, but sometimes you don't get the chance to back away or avoid an attack. While you should always seek medical treatment, there are also some things you can do to help care for wounds when they happen. After treatment, you may need to show the state of your injuries to help your attorney build your case as you seek compensation.
If you think you've been attacked by a dog and want to have the owner's treatment of the animal investigated as well as the security of the animal's encasement, you have every right to seek that kind of investigation out. In fact, knowing the level of the bite you received can help you when you make a claim for compensation. However, it's important to know if you've really been under attack or if the dog's behavior is normal.
Dog bites can be incredibly damaging. They tear through the skin and leave lasting damage that may require surgery or other treatments to repair. If the dog wasn't vaccinated, you could need rabies vaccines or treatments, which are painful and require multiple medical visits. Besides the physical damage a dog attack can cause, the emotional trauma can be severe. You may have once loved going outside or playing with pets only to find yourself wary and frightened of the things you once enjoyed.
Dog bites occur many times each year, leading to injuries and suffering for those who are attacked. Sometimes, these dog attacks are fatal. If you've been attacked by a dog, then you know how quickly even a short attack can leave you with wounds that take stitches, emergency surgery and possibly reconstructive surgery to repair.
Most people accept the fact that even family pets can bite and cause injuries to people if they are teased or injured severely. Well-trained dogs can even attack if they're pushed too hard or feel threatened. What can you do if you've been attacked by someone else's dog, though? In many cases, the owner will be held responsible, and you could seek compensation for your injuries.
If you have been bitten by a dog or almost bitten by a dog, you might be wondering what your rights are under the law. The law in New Hampshire is very clear about when an animal becomes a nuisance, menace or is vicious.