As much as we love our added members of the family, it’s important to understand what we are legally responsible for when it comes to our pets.
Since pets are personal property, in almost all states, owners are held responsible for any damages caused by them; including injuries. This typically ends up involving medical bills. In some extreme cases, you may even be held responsible for any emotional damage caused by your pet (even if it was as base level as inciting fear in someone) so be sure to check the statues of your state.
This can seem troubling to many pet owners considering that while pets can be well trained, there are always moments of unpredictability with them as well.
It can feel nerve-wracking to get a lawyer involved in a pet injury case, but sometimes this is your best option. If your pet caused any physical harm then you absolutely should get a lawyer involved. Outside of this, it’s still wise to consult a lawyer. They will know all of the statutes for your area and can give you sound council throughout the process making sure you’re aware of all that’s occurring every step of the way. Hopefully nothing will ever come to this level, but it’s better to be on the offensive side so that you can move everything along as quickly and smoothly as possible.