If you are seriously bitten or scratched by someone's pet, it's not the pet that is liable. It's the owner of the pet. In New Hampshire, the law is clear: Owners are responsible for the harm their dogs or other animals do.
This is not a trivial issue. Emergency rooms in Strafford and surrounding counties see dozens of serious injuries every year, many of the worst involving small children and toddlers.
Dog bites can cause serious infections that destroy tissue. The ripping and tearing cause permanent disfigurement in victims. Some people acquire post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which may follow them all their lives. Some victims, particularly the elderly, suffer fatal heart attacks.
Most people like dogs and know the good they do for their owner families, providing security, affection and loyalty. But when small children are attacked and their lives are ruined by scarring, people need legal recourse. At The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates, we file lawsuits against owners of attacking dogs, seeking compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, time lost from work and sometimes for causing wrongful death.
Suits are usually against the dog owner's homeowners insurance policy. We have doctors who assist us in placing a monetary value on your complete recovery. Some dog owners may claim they have no insurance and no money to pay for the damage their dog has done. We check to see whether this is true, and we are prepared to investigate other targets for proper compensation.
If you or a family member has been attacked by a dog, you have legal options. Call The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates in Rochester at 603-332-3535 or email our attorneys using this online form.