Let’s face it, most of you love your fur babies. You take them anywhere it is permissible, and usually,you do not mind if people, including children, pet them. Unfortunately, for those of you who do own a dog, there is no complete way to determine whether or not your dog will ever bite someone. And though you love your dog, approximately 4.7 million people per year are bit by dogs. If you or a loved one is bit by a dog, it is of the utmost importance to seek legal counsel. Contact an experienced Albuquerque dog bite attorney to determine whether you have a case and to strategize about the best possible outcome for your potential case.
What is a Dog Bite Case?
Most people own dogs, however, some are unfriendly and vicious and every year approximately ten people are bitten by dogs that results in a fatality, mostly being children. Though every dog has the potential to bite someone, some dogs have the propensity to be more vicious than others. These dangerous dogs include, but are not limited to: Pit Bulls; Rottweilers; Can Corsos; and Boxers. These breeds inflict: 86% of attacks that induce bodily harm; 81% of attacks to children; 89% of attacks to adults; 76% of attacks that result in fatalities; and 86% result in maiming.
What is New Mexico’s Law Pertaining to Dog Bites?
Under New Mexico’s law, an injured person has three years to bring a personal injury action against a dog owner. For the City of Albuquerque, Angel’s Law is retained which is a city ordinance established to protect the public from vicious attacks from the threat to health and safety, that dangerous dogs present. As for the state of New Mexico, liability is based upon the “one bite” theory or based upon negligence. The “one bite” theory suggests that one way to prove liability against a dog owner is to prove that the dog has already committed one bite against another person, however, if the dog has acted aggressively in other ways, and the owner knew or should have known about it, this can be considered evidence to prove liability as well. A negligence claim against a dog owner for a bite, however, the injured person must prove that the owner knew or should have known about the dog’s aggressiveness and failed to use reasonable care to control or restrain the dog so that injury could have been prevented.
Need Legal Advice?
Unfortunately, when bitten by a dog not only do you sustain physical injury, but you also sustain emotional injury that can result in fear. Medical expenses arise as well as pain and suffering and you may be left feeling overwhelmed, however, you do not have to be. Contact an experienced Albuquerque dog bite attorney to determine your rights against a dog owner. Here, at Khayoumi Law Firm, we are determined to fight for your rights as well as your peace of mind. Contact our office today.