Many states carry a strict liability law for owners of animal. If the owner of the animal knows or should know that their animal has a propensity towards violence and attack because of past conduct, Owners of animals are expected to have full control of their animals at all times and if the owner knows that their animal has a tendency to be violent would be liable.
Can I Bring a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Fatal Animal Attack?
A wrongful death suit is a lawsuit brought by a family member of the deceased victim against the person who caused the death, or those responsible for the person who caused the death (e.g., employers or insurers). In the case of an animal attack, the victim’s family would bring suit against the owner of the animal (most commonly dogs).
You can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with a fatal animal attack. Generally, these lawsuits can only be brought by immediate family members of the victim. Some states allow extended family members to bring a lawsuit as well. If a loved one has died due to an animal attack, please consult a personal injury lawyer in your area to see if you can bring suit against the animal’s owner.
What If the Attacking Animal’s Owner Doesn’t Have Much Money?
If the owner of the animal that attacked and killed your loved one does not have much money, you may still be able to sue them and collect damages for your loss. Although the owner may not have much in the way of assets like property or bank accounts, they may carry insurance that includes damages for pet attacks. Common forms of such insurance include:
- Homeowner’s insurance
- Landlord’s insurance
- Renter’s insurance
Do I Need a Lawyer to Bring an Animal Attack Lawsuit?
If your loved one died or was seriously as a result of an animal attack, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer immediately to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. An experienced personal injury lawyer can explain the value of your case and help you navigate the complicated legal process.