Concord Dog Bite Attorneys
Legal Claims After Dog Bites & Attacks
You have the right to seek legal compensation after you are attacked by someone else’s dog. Whether you know the dog or it was owned by a complete stranger, Upton & Hatfield, LLP in Concord can help you explore your legal options. We have more than 100 years of legal experience as one of New Hampshire’s longest-running law firms, so you can be confident that we know how to handle your case.
Dog Bite Strict Liability
Dog owners in Concord are held to a strict liability law if their pet bites, attacks, or otherwise injured someone. This rule allows the victim to file a claim against the dog owner, even if that owner had no reason to believe that their dog could be aggressive. Strict liability is seen in contrast to one-bite rules, which can excuse some liability the first time that a dog hurts someone.
Dog Bite Injuries
A single dog bite can cause severe, life-changing injuries, depending on the breed that attacked someone and the overall health of the person who was attacked.
A dog bite can cause these physical injuries and complications:
- Deep lacerations
- Damaged soft tissues
- Broken bones
- Permanent scarring
You should never assume that a dog bite is mild. Let a medical doctor examine the wound and reach a diagnosis. You could require a tetanus shot, too, if you had not received one in the last 10 or so years.
Dog bites can also cause serious mental and emotional damage to the survivor. People who survive a vicious dog attack often become afraid of all dogs, even family pets that they once trusted intrinsically. Such nonphysical injuries must be considered when calculating the compensation owed to the claimant.
Dog Bite Claim Compensation
The compensation available to you as a dog bite claimant will depend on the severity of the dog bite and how it affected your livelihood. Severe dog bites make for more costly damages in most cases. Our team of Concord dog bite attorneys knows how to investigate your claim to find the true extent of the harm caused. We want to demand full compensation and not a penny less.
Compensation for a dog bite claim can help pay for:
- Medical treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional traumatization
Do You Have to Report a Dog Bite?
You are not legally obligated to report a dog bite to the authorities. However, reporting the dog attack to the Concord Police Department of the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office will create an official record of the attack. If the dog owner tries to deny that the attack happened when you file a claim against them, then the police or animal control record could be a crucial piece of evidence to benefit your claim.
If you are worried about the dog being destroyed for hurting you, then you should know that there is no strict law that requires it. The court will decide if the dog should be destroyed or if any other disciplinary measure is required.
Work with Our Concord Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
You are probably dealing with enough stress as it is after being bitten by a dog. Adding legal complications to your list of responsibilities won’t help. To give yourself the time and space you need to rest and recover, leave your Concord dog bite claim up to Upton & Hatfield, LLP.
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