If you’re injured as a result of an animal attack, you may be able to recover substantial monetary damages from the owner, or from his or her homeowner’s insurance company. In both Nevada and California, the owner or occupant of a home, including the renter of the home, has an ongoing duty to warn others about dangerous animals that could harm them. Not only does this involve maintaining the premises so that the animals cannot escape and attack people, but they must also be in the effective control of the animal so that people who visit the property are not injured. There are also city and county ordinances that govern these matters, which were enacted to protect visitors and others from being injured. Animal owners must also prevent situations that may be considered an “attractive nuisance” to children who may innocently want to “pet the nice dog.”
In one case Mr. Achrem handled, a vicious dog had escaped the premises and severely mauled a little girl inside a trailer park. The owner’s insurance company ultimately agreed to pay nearly $1,000,000.00 to compensate the little girl for her injuries. Mr. Achrem even persuaded a local business to generously donate a wig every year to the girl as she continued to grow.
If you or someone you know have been injured in an animal attack in someone’s home, or while walking, riding a skateboard, bicycle, moped, motorcycle, or any other form of transportation on public streets, you may have a claim against the owner of the animal and the insurance carrier.
In order to know your legal rights, you need to contact someone who understands the legal aspects of your situation, who knows what questions to ask, and who has the ability to thoroughly investigate the claim. You should also never give a recorded statement to the animal owner’s insurance company without first speaking with an experienced attorney first. The insurance company does not represent you and only wants to limit the amount of money it may ultimately be forced to pay to the injured party.
Call us for a free consultation at (702) 734-3936. If you’re outside Nevada, you can reach us at (888) 734-6789.