Owning a pet is a big responsibility. Not all Cincinnati residents are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to properly train, maintain, and care for a dog, cat, or other domestic animal. Those who do often must accept responsibility for when their furry friends cause damages and injuries to the property and persons of other individuals.
For example, when a beloved pet bites another person, the damages can be extensive. Some dog bites can be so serious that they may require the victims to be hospitalized or undergo surgery. The first step toward recovering from a serious animal bite is to seek medical evaluation and treatment for the injury.
After ensuring that one’s health is protected the victim of an animal bite may want to discuss his situation with a personal injury attorney. During a consultation with an attorney a person may want to have the name and address of the animal’s owner available as well as a description of the facts and circumstances present at the time of the attack.
If the information the victim is able to provide suggests that he may have a personal injury case his attorney can provide him with the possible outcomes his matter may achieve in court. It is important for readers to remember, though, that the outcome of a legal matter cannot be guaranteed and all animal bite personal injury cases are different.
Animal bite victims who do pursue their damages through civil litigation may face opposition from the animals’ owners and their own attorneys. Defenses are part of the defendants’ cases, and after reviewing the proffered facts and information during the trial a judge may rule for or against the party who initiated the lawsuit.