Domestic pets can be a joy to have. Pets can provide companionship and comfort, and for many, they are part of the family. However, sometimes domestic pets attack and harm their owner or others. More often than not, a domestic pet will attack a person other than someone in their family, such as a stranger walking by the home or a friend who is visiting. Injuries caused by pets can range from mild to severe, depending on how aggressive the attack was. If you or a family member were injured by another person’s domestic pet, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Dogs and Other Animals at Large
A domestic pet owner has a responsibility to keep their pet secured at all times. For example, a dog can be kept secure in the home, in a fenced in yard, or on a leash while walking. This helps to keep the animal from attacking should it become uncomfortable or feel threatened. However, many people allow their pets to run at large. A dog or cat owner who lives in a small neighborhood might assume that it is acceptable to let his or her animals out without being contained. However, it does not take long for a dog or cat at large to spot a stranger and take off running towards them, attacking this perceived threat.
Animal Injuries Can Be Severe
If the animal was very aggressive when attacking, the resulting injuries can be surprisingly severe. For example, a dog who attacks a person can create deep puncture wounds with their long canine teeth, which can cause critical blood loss or infection. Dog and cat scratches can be deep as well, and animal claws often contain bacteria that can cause critical infections. If the victim is a child, it is even more likely that the injuries will become life threatening.
Contact Scott Soutullo, P.C. Today
Domestic pet attacks can cause injuries that cost thousands and even hundreds of thousands of dollars. Medical bills and lost wages add up, causing a family significant financial stress. If another person’s pet attacked you or a loved one, you may be able to seek financial compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Scott Soutullo has worked with many victims of domestic pet attacks and can help you bring a claim with solid evidence and a high probability of winning the largest settlement award possible.
Call today for a consultation to discuss your legal options at (251) 391-1212.