Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
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New Mexico Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Law-abiding citizens who are lawfully on any premises should not have to worry about being bitten by someone else’s dog. Unfortunately, these attacks happen every day. An estimated 800,000 people in the United States seek treatment for dog bites each year. Dog bite attorneys in New Mexico deal with these types of cases on a regular basis.
What Does New Mexico Law Say About Dog Bites?
New Mexico does not have a specific law that governs dog bites. But that does not mean that dog owners are off the hook. In some states, New Mexico included, the “one bite” rule is assumed. This means that a dog owner can be liable if he or she knew the dog had a propensity for violence. The most obvious example is if the dog already had “one bite” on its record. That said, there are some exceptions:
- The victim may not be able to sue if he or she knew the dog had a propensity for violence, but nevertheless provoked the animal.
- An owner may be found liable if his or her negligence put others at risk, even if the dog had no known history of violent behavior.
These matters can be tricky. So it is crucial that you work with an attorney who knows the laws in your state.
What to Expect in a Dog Bite Lawsuit
If you decide to file a lawsuit, your attorney may ask for:
- Photos of your injuries
- Any items damaged in the attack, such as torn clothing or shoes
- Copies of your medical records
- Copies of your medical bills
You may also need to give a deposition, a statement under oath in which you detail what happened. Your attorney may try to negotiate a settlement before taking the matter to trial.
Locate a Local New Mexico Dog Bite Lawyer
If you have been the victim of a dog attack, you may be due compensation for your injuries. Get in touch with a legal pro in your area to find out if you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Call now to speak with a New Mexico animal attacks attorney at 877-913-7222.