Nashua Dog Bite Attorneys
Advocating for Victims of Dog Attacks
There are nearly five million dog attacks in the United States each year. About one million of those require medical treatment, with many causing severe and permanent injury or disfigurement. Under New Hampshire law, dog owners can be held liable for the injuries caused by their pets. At Gottesman & Hollis, P.A., our Nashua dog bite lawyers represent injured clients and hold careless dog owners responsible.
If you or a loved one was injured by a dog, consult our attorneys at (603) 506-4600.
Dog Bite Liability in New Hampshire
Injuries and property damage caused by dogs are governed by section 466.19 of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes. This law allows people injured by animals to hold their owners liable in personal injury lawsuits. For dogs, specifically, these statutes cover not only bites, but also other injuries caused by dogs, including indirect injuries and damages to livestock.
New Hampshire is a strict liability state, which means that the dog owners are liable for injuries and damages caused by their animals. As opposed to “one-bite” states, New Hampshire’s strict liability laws indicate that dog owners are liable for injuries caused by their dogs, even if they did not have reason to know the animal was dangerous or had a propensity to bite.
It is important to note that the strict liability rule does not apply to every situation. For example, if you were trespassing on the dog owner’s property or provoking the animal and were bitten as a result of that activity, you may not be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
Our Nashua dog bite attorneys have extensive knowledge of state law and can explain how the law applies to your situation.
Representation for Clients with Serious Dog Bite Injuries
While both adults and children can be victims of dog attacks, the physical injuries and trauma are often more severe when the victim is a child, due to their smaller size and lack of ability to fight back. In adults and children, the injuries from dog bites can range from relatively minor cuts and scratches to serious and life-altering injuries and permanent disfigurement.
Dog bite injuries may include:
- Puncture wounds
- Infections at the site of the wounds
- Permanent disfigurement
In addition to the pain and suffering caused by their physical injuries, victims often experience severe and lasting emotional and psychological trauma. This can result in permanent and extreme fear of dogs, nightmares, fear of taking a walk or being outside when dogs are present, and other lingering emotional effects. If you or your child was injured by a dog, you will need to treat your psychological trauma, as well as the physical injuries you suffered.
Securing Compensation for Your Injuries
Depending on the extent and severity of the injury, dog bites may require hospitalization, surgeries, prescription medications, medical care, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. If you were harmed, you may have lost time from work and accrued other expenses, as well. A personal injury lawsuit is the best way to recover compensation from the dog’s owner.
Damages in dog bite cases may include:
- Hospital bills
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Future medical treatment
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Reduction in overall quality of life
If you are contacted by the dog owners or their insurance company with a settlement offer, it is in your best interest to discuss the situation with an attorney before accepting the offer. Our Nashua dog bite lawyers work quickly to gather evidence and take the appropriate steps to protect your legal rights.