Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Hobbs, New Mexico
Unfortunately, dog bites happen frequently across the United States, and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every five dog bites requires medical attention. Children are also at the highest risk of sustaining a dog bite, the CDC states, and even dogs that a child or person is familiar with can become aggressive under certain circumstances.
Legal Help For Victims of Dog Bites
Dog Bite Laws in Arizona and New Mexico
The state of Arizona holds dog owners liable for bite injuries on public and private property. If, however, a dog bites someone who is trespassing or deliberately provoking the animal, then an owner is not liable.
New Mexico law does not include a statute that specifically outlines liability for a dog bite. Instead, two significant court precedents generally help determine whether an owner is liable in a lawsuit.
These two precedents and what they entail are as follows:
- The “one-bite” rule maintains that if a dog owner is aware that their dog has bitten or acted aggressively toward another person, then they could be held liable. This rule does not apply when the dog has only bitten or acted aggressively toward another dog.
- Negligent owners can be held liable. To do so, a person pursuing a lawsuit must demonstrate that the owner failed to take necessary measures to prevent the dog bite.
While these two precedents can provide grounds on which to build a case, establishing this foundation requires evidence that might be hard to obtain and/or present effectively in court. Our Hobbs dog bite injury attorney, Joe Zebas, has a wealth of experience pursuing settlements for individuals that have sustained injuries and suffered because of an owner’s negligence. Our attorney has served a variety of cases and can develop a personalized strategy to help get his client the compensation they deserve.
Why Are Dog Bites Dangerous?
Dog bites are primarily concerning because they can cause infections. The Cleveland Clinic’s emergency medicine doctor Stephen Sayles, III, MD states that dog bites are often jagged wounds that can host quite severe infections. If this happens, an individual could be hospitalized or need to take certain antibiotics, especially if they are diabetic or immunocompromised.
Beyond infection, dogs often have the strength to do serious damage to person’s muscles, tissues, or bones. These types of injuries could necessitate surgeries or rehab. They could even cause scarring that could require plastic surgery or grafting if the scars are on the face or other visible areas.
Many of us have dogs we know and love, and we might even find joy in getting to know new dogs while on a walk around our neighborhood or spending a day in a park. Should one of these encounters unfortunately result in a dog bite, it is important to know that you should seek immediate medical attention to mitigate the potentially severe effects of the injury.
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