Bitten by a Dog? A NH Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help
According to the American Veterinarian Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year. Were you recently attacked by a vicious canine or other animal? If so, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages through a personal injury lawsuit. A NH dog bite lawyer at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC understands the unique legal aspects of a dog bite case and can assist you in preparing your personal injury claim against the dog’s owner or handler.
New Hampshire’s Strict Liability Statute
These types of attacks are covered under the state’s strict liability statutes. Section 466:19 of the New Hampshire laws provide that a victim who suffers an injury to self or property due to a dog can sue the dog’s owner and recover for their harms and losses. Note that a dog bite does not necessarily have to be the primary injury. For instance, if a dog begins chasing you and you are hurt while running away, the owner may be held liable.
If You Were Bitten While Visiting Someone’s Home
If you were bitten while lawfully on the property of another person, you may be able to seek recovery from the animal’s owner or the property owner. By contrast, the law generally disallows recovery for dog bites by those who were trespassing on the property or who had entered the dog’s cage or pen without permission.
Statute of Limitations
In order for your case to be considered, you must file a claim within the statute of limitations, which in New Hampshire is three years. The clock begins when the injury attack occurs. Having a NH dog bite lawyer in your corner will ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines.
Assuming your case goes to trial, the defense will try to find a way to mitigate damages—in other words, to reduce any award you might receive. Your NH dog bite lawyer at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC is aware of this and will develop your case accordingly. The defense attorney may argue, for instance, that the dog had never before bitten anyone, or that the dog was being taunted. While a jury might reduce an award if it is convinced that there is no history of aggression on the part of the dog, there is no real defense to this kind of case except that you, as a plaintiff, were trespassing.
Contact a NH Dog Bite Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog attack, we encourage you to contact the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC by calling (603) 624-7200.