Personal Injury Liability: Stores that Allow Pets

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Can a Business Owner be Held Liable for Personal Injuries Caused by the Pet of a Patron?

Generally, the pet must be the property of the store owner in order for the owner to assume liability for personal injury.  However, some states include "dog bite" statutes that hold business owners responsible for injuries caused by any on-site pets.  Also, a business owner can be held liable if they were negligent in providing adequate safety precautions against animal attacks.

What Needs to Be Shown in Order to Prove a Business Owner was Negligent?

In order to prove that a business owner was negligent, a court is likely to look into the following factors:

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

If you were injured by another customer?s pet while in a store or other place of business, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately to assert your rights.  An experienced lawyer can help determine whether the store owner was negligent in protecting your safety, and clue you in on any other possible claims you may have against the pet owner and other persons.

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Last Modified: 10-13-2011 01:42 PM PDT

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