Personal Injury - Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
They are good, loyal companions, and are generally considered as stress relievers.
However, there are times when people tend to forget that these pets do not have the ability to think as humans do, and when an unfavorable circumstance for these pets occur, like when they feel they are being threatened, their animal instinct takes over, forcing them to defend themselves.
So many cases have occurred where children and even adults were attacked by pet dogs for no apparent reason at all.
You hear of a child being bitten by a neighbor's dog when the child tried to take the ball that bounced inside his neighbor's property.
You might have also heard of a cat biting the foot of a visiting friend because probably it was surprised to sense a different presence within its domicile.
In Arizona, for instance, recent studies have shown that the second leading cause of child injury is dog bite.
In fact, dog bites outnumber the injuries suffered by a child at the playground.
There are even cases where the child's face was grossly disfigured after a dog mangled his face and left it scarred for life.
Adults are also victims of these types of attack.
You have heard of mailmen being chased and sometimes even bitten by dogs.
Though the scene of a dog chasing a mailman might sound a bit amusing and funny, it is in fact a very serious matter.
There are cases where these domesticated pets caused the death of their victims.
You might ask now who will be responsible for the injuries inflicted by these pets.
Logic would dictate that it should be the owners of the pets because they are responsible for the safety of persons who come near their pets.
The constant defense of the pet owners, however, is that the victim taunted the dog before it attacked him and it was just acting on instinct to defend itself.
Lawmakers have been hearing about this constant defense and have often wondered whether it is already being made by the pet owner as a form of evasion from legal liability.
Because of this, several States have now enacted laws that help protect the welfare of the dog bite victims.
In the state of Arizona, for instance, it has enacted the Dog Bite Law which makes the pet owner totally accountable for the actions of his pet.
This is without regard to whether the dog had bitten someone else before.
Liability of the owners of dog breeds like Pitbulls, German shepherds, Rottweilers and Doberman extend to full compensation of the damages inflicted by their dogs to the victims.
The law also states that the owners should be made to pay for the medical bills, lost wages and all other related damages caused by his dog to the victim.