Las Cruces Dog Bite Lawyers
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Not all dogs are cute and cuddly. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, you probably know full well that their bites can be incredibly painful, leave both physical and emotional scars, and even sometimes be fatal. For this reason, it is crucial that you seek medical attention immediately if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog. Initially, a doctor should be in the best position to try to prevent long-term tissue damage.
Still, medical treatment likely is not the only remedy for your injury. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical costs, emotional pain, lost wages, or other damages. At Zinda Law Group, we specialize in fighting for individuals who have suffered dog and animal attacks. Our Las Cruces dog bite lawyers have professional and practical expertise in helping people like you to seek maximum compensation for their injuries.
What to Do If You’re Bitten
One of the most crucial steps you must take after a dog bite is to have the wound treated by a medical professional. No matter the severity of the injury, this is necessary, as it can be a more complex injury than you recognize at first glance. Dogs can be carriers of diseases like rabies, and your doctor should know how to prevent these types of silent killers, as well as infection and scarring.
Next, you should attempt to contact the dog’s owner. If you are initially unsure of the owner, try to keep a record of any identifying information about the dog after the bite occurs. These types of injuries are unique because the dispute involves a dog, so the testimony may be one-sided if there is not another party present.
Reporting the accident to the police is a safe bet to ensure that you have a reliable record of the attack. It is also essential to take photos of anything you can, like your injuries immediately after the bite and your expenses, including medical bills, resulting from the injury.
After taking these steps, you may very well be entitled to compensation. Our experienced Las Cruces Dog Bite lawyers know the ins and outs of New Mexico dog bite laws and are here to help.
New Mexico Dog Bite Law
Unlike several other states, in New Mexico, there is no specific strict liability statute for dog bites. In other words, there is not a law requiring that a dog owner must be legally responsible if his or her dog bites someone.
But just because there is not a statute on the books doesn’t mean that dog bite victims don’t have rights. Cases decided by the New Mexico Supreme Court and others establish victims’ rights for dog attacks. In addition, New Mexico adopted the Dangerous Dog Act in 2005 to hold owners both civilly and criminally liable for dogs that have a propensity to harm others.
Our Las Cruces dog bite attorneys can determine if New Mexico law favors your case, and from there, we will help fight for you to get the compensation that you are entitled to.
Get Help from Our Las Cruces Dog Bite Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our Las Cruces dog bite lawyers have helped dog bite accident victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and all the other ways your injury has cost you or your loved one.
Our firm also believes that a dog bite accident victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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