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Do animal bite laws depend on the type of animal?

If you have been bitten by an animal, it was likely to be a traumatic experience. As well as needing to seek medical attention and pay costly medical expenses, you were probably left emotionally scarred and now become nervous around animals after the incident.

There are actions that you can take to claim back damages after an animal bite, especially if you believe that the owner of the animal was negligent or put you in danger in some way. It is important before taking action that you make sure you understand how the law works in regard to different animals.

Dog bites

There are specific dog-bite laws in place in most states that define the liability for dog owners when it comes to dog bites. These can be a significant help to victims who want to seek damages from dog owners, since they only need to prove that the dog bit them in order to claim back strict liability damages.

Horses and other domestic animals

Often horses are responsible for injuries other than bites, such as trampling and kicking. Therefore, there are no specific laws relating to horse bites. In these cases, the standard negligence laws are put into place.

Wild animal bites

If you are bitten by a wild animal that is being kept by a person, he or she will most likely be subject to strict liability laws and the situation will be treated similarly to that of dog bites.

If you have suffered an animal bite, it is important to take action in order to recoup the damages that this caused to your life.

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