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Hunterdon County

Who pays compensation for animal bites?

Most pet owners domesticate their animals and rear them as friendly, non-violent beings. Each pet is unique. In some unfortunate cases pets may exhibit a violent behavior, especially around strangers. A person injured due to an animal bite might not want press charges against the pet owner out of concern that it might cause emotional and financial misery. This seen mostly within relatives and close friends. However in the case of serious injuries caused by animal bites, the victim might want legal action or compensation for the damages.

The emotional injury, pain and suffering caused by the animal attack may be anywhere from minimal to critical. In majority of cases, liability from a dog bite is covered by dog owner's insurance company.  These companies may cover the cost of the initial incident but they may not provide damage repair for any other subsequent attacks.  Some insurance companies might also refuse to cover specific breeds of dogs' altogether, including Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.

If the animal owner does not own an insurance that covers the medical expenses caused by the attack, you can still ask for legal action against the owner. The disfigurement and severe injuries caused by the aggression may require that you take some time off of your work. If the personal injury claim is successful, you will be compensated for these lost wages.

If you or someone you know has sustained injuries due to a dog bite, you might want to consider seeking professional legal help. You should get familiar with the rights that you have. A personal injury attorney might help you recover compensation for the damages you have incurred.

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