Albuquerque Dog Bite Attorney
A dog bite incident can be permanently scarring – physically and emotionally. If you suffered serious personal injuries, expensive medical bills, lost income, and/or psychological trauma in a recent dog attack in Albuquerque, you may have grounds to file a claim against the pet owner for damages. New Mexico law could make you eligible for financial recovery.
If you suffered an injury or a loved one died because of a dog bite or attack, contact the Albuquerque personal injury attorneys at The Fine Law Firm. During your free consultation, you can learn the value of your case, your rights as a dog bite victim, and your available legal actions against the party responsible for your injuries. Call (505) 889-FINE for your case review today.
Why Choose Us?
The Fine Law Firm has a long history of outstanding case results. We have secured multimillion-dollar settlements for dozens of clients in our 40-plus years of experience. Clients throughout New Mexico trust us with their most complex dog bite claims.
- We have a 99% success rate.
- We provide personal attention to each case.
- We only charge fees if we win.
- We offer candid advice to clients.
Our attorneys have the experience, drive, and compassion to provide exceptional legal representation in a dog bite case. We aren’t afraid to take a case to trial if that’s in the client’s best interests.
Why Do You Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?
Navigating a dog bite claim can be complicated. The pet owner may deny fault or tell a story that contradicts yours to escape liability. His or her insurance company may also try to stop your claim, denying or delaying it unfairly. The best way to even the playing field and make sure you get the recovery your damages demand is by hiring a lawyer. One of our dog bite attorneys can guide you through the legal process, representing your best interests at every step.
Causes of Dog Bites
Dog bites are preventable. It is up to the pet owner to take steps to prevent an attack, such as putting up a fence or leash-curbing the animal. Dog bites most often occur when a dog escapes its owner or confines, or through negligent animal control. If an owner has a pet off-leash in an area where the law stipulates leashed dogs only, for example, the owner has been negligent in preventing an attack. Other causes include letting a dog run at large and failing to properly supervise children around dogs.
Dog Bite Laws
New Mexico does not have a specific dog bite statute. This means victims have two grounds for recovery: the one-bite rule and negligence. If the owner knew or should have known of the dog’s vicious inclinations, he or she may be liable for damages. If the owner was negligent in some way that caused the dog attack, liability can also fall on him or her.
Who Is Liable?
Dogs are property in the state of New Mexico. This makes them the owner’s responsibility. The owner, handler, or person in control of the dog at the time of the attack could be liable for your dog bite damages according to the situation. Other potential liable parties could include the owner of the land where the bite occurred or a third party (e.g., someone who provoked the dog to attack).
Proving someone else’s negligence and liability for your dog bite incident may take obtaining evidence such as witness statements and medical records. You may need to investigate the dog’s background of violence to prove your case under the one-bite rule. An Albuquerque dog bite lawyer from Fine Law Firm can help with your burden of proof while you focus on recovering.
Contact Us Today
Contact The Fine Law Firm after suffering a dog bite injury in Albuquerque. We may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your related losses. Schedule your free consultation today.