The Messina Law Firm
Injured by an Animal
Injured by an animal? Who pays?
One-third of all homeowner’s liability claims come from being injured by an animal. If you are injured by an animal who pays for the damages? Usually, it is the insurance policy covering the owner of the animal and/or the property where the attack occurred. Most homeowner’s policies will cover injuries caused by the homeowner’s pets, and some homeowners even carry special animal insurance coverage.
Check with your insurance agent
Having said that, you’d be wise to check with your insurance agent, many insurance companies are now limiting or even denying coverage for large and particularly aggressive breeds of dogs, such as Dobermans, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls. Injuries by an animal can run into the thousands of dollars for treatment. Don’t wait until your dog bites someone to find out if you are covered.
However, if the pet owner is not insured, this does not mean that he is off the hook. If he is found legally liable for your injuries; Consequently he is also responsible for paying your damages. Although that being said, those damages may be more difficult to collect.
Other problems can exist, your relationship to the dog owner for example. You and your next door neighbor are best of friends, but now his dog has bitten you. Find out who will pay, mostly it’s his homeowner’s insurance policy that would cover it. Possibly it’s yours. But weigh carefully before bankrupting your buddy. Consequently, it may also end your relationship.
The one person who should not have to pay is the victim. Your injuries are not your fault. Therefore you should not have to bear the cost. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of an animal attack, contact our office immediately.