Most of us will never be attacked or severely injured by an animal; however, a recent study showed that 1,000 Americans per day are treated in emergency rooms as a result of dog bites.
In 2007 there were 33 fatal dog attacks in the United States. Most of the victims who receive medical attention are children, half of whom are bitten in the face. Dog bite attacks frequently leave their victims emotionally and physically scarred for the rest of their lives. Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion per year, with over $300 million paid by homeowners insurance.
If Bitten By an Animal
If you or a loved one has been bitten by an animal and has suffered serious injury, he or she may be legally eligible to receive compensation from the owner of the animal or another who was responsible for the animal. It is important to note that not all animal liability issues are the same. In dog bite cases, most states have strict liability laws, which means that if a dog bites a person, the owner of the dog is strictly liable for any injuries caused by the bite. However, for other animals, different laws apply. If for example, a horse bites claim, liability will become an issue and who is responsible for the injury will have to be determined, as a question of fact.