Rhode Island animal attack laws, including dogs, state that if an animal causes bodily injury or injury to property, the owner or guardian of the owner, should they be a minor, is deemed responsible. The exception to the rule states that if the attacked occurred in response to the victim taunting, teasing, or abusing the animal, or while the victim was unlawfully trying to enter the animal owner’s property, than the owner may not be held accountable for the animal’s actions.
Building Your Case
- Seek medical attention. This is done for two reasons; one is that animal bites are prone to infection even if they seem minor. In addition, it is important to have medical documentation to support your claim of injury.
- Try to establish ownership of the animal. In order to file a claim, a negligent party must be identified. Identifying the owner of the animal is imperative to your case.
- Document the events surrounding the attack. Write down a detailed account of the events that led to the attack. If possible, take photographs of clothing and wounds.
- Seek legal counsel. Personal injury lawyers can help you build a solid case for your claim. In animal attack situations, determining and proving negligence on the part of the animal owner is key. Animal attack laws can be tough to sort through on your own. Be sure to retain a personal injury lawyer who has a strong focus on Rhode Island animal attack litigation.
Dog attacks can range from minor to severe enough the victim needs multiple surgeries to make a full recovery. Compensation can include but is not limited to medical cost coverage, lost wages, property damage, and emotional distress. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, we invite you to contact us for free case evaluation.