If your dog was attacked by another dog, you may be entitled to compensation for certain costs associated with treatment or loss of your pet. The law tends to get a bit fuzzy in these situations, and whether or not you’ll receive everything to which you’re entitled depends on your ability to prove your losses and identify fault with the other dog owner.
If you are considering filing suit against the owner of a dog who injured or killed your dog in an attack, consider enlisting the help of an attorney who is familiar with these types of cases.
An attorney can handle all aspects of your dog attack claim.
- advising you of your chances for a successful outcome for your case.
- building a viable case against the other pet owner.
- and, managing all aspects of your lawsuit.
Can I file a claim against the other dog owner if my dog was attacked by another dog?
The simple answer to this question is yes. If your dog was attacked by another dog, you may pursue damages for vet bills or replacement value of the dog. Your first option may be to file a claim with the dog owner’s homeowner’s liability insurance.
However, the more important question is whether you have a strong case that will hold up if you are pursuing a claim against the dog’s owner.
How do I prove that the other owner is liable if my dog was attacked by another dog?
In a case where two dogs are involved in a fight, it might be unclear which dog was the aggressor. The circumstances surrounding the attack will be important when establishing fault in the injury.
For example, was the other dog off its leash in an area where leashes are required? Were there any witnesses who can testify or provide statements that indicate that your dog was attacked by another dog and did not provoke a fight with the other animal? Did the other dog enter your property uninvited to attack your pet?
You should be prepared to provide evidence that clearly indicates the other dog was the aggressor and your dog was legally restrained on a leash, at home, or legally off-leash.
What damages can I recover if my dog was attacked by another dog?
You should be clear on what damages you are seeking in your lawsuit. You will need to provide quantifiable losses that an insurance adjuster or judge can consider when evaluating your case.
Some examples of typical damages listed in animal attack lawsuits include veterinary bills for the treatment of an injured dog and replacement costs for your dog if he or she died from injuries related to the attack. You may be able to recover damages related to your own emotional distress.
What factors will be considered in a claim or lawsuit?
Some important factors that will come into play with your lawsuit may include your dog’s age when attacked by another dog, the health of your dog and any special training or use of your dog.
For example, if you lost a dog that was an award-winning show dog with extensive training, this might warrant a larger settlement value based on the cost of finding a dog with similar characteristics. Your attorney can help you come to a reasonable estimate of the damages you can recover.
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If your dog was attacked by another dog and you need legal representation, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help explore liability and options to recover compensation. Call us today at 215-642-2335 or use our contact form to set up a free consultation.