Many people shower their pets with love and affection and become very emotionally attached to their pets. Often, pets are considered as "members of the family." Although seeing or witnessing a traumatic experience to a family pet can be devastating, there is significant controversy as to whether an owner may in fact be entitled to recovery for their emotional injuries. Some courts have recognized emotional distress due to the maltreatment of animals, while others have refused such lawsuits.
Generally you are able to sue anyone who may have caused the injury to your pet. A majority of cases involve parties where the owner entrusted the pet to a caretaker. These parties include:
There are a variety of situations that prompt emotional distress. Some of these causes of action include:
Common symptoms for emotional distress include:
In recovering for damages or death to a pet, courts have traditionally limited compensation to the value of the animal as personal property. However, some courts have begun to recognize the valuable companionship that pets can create with individuals and the emotional value that is lost when they are injured or die. If your pet is damaged by another and you suffered emotional distress, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to see what legal options are available to you.
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