New Mexico Dog Bite Lawyers
Injured By a Dog?
In New Mexico, a dog owner may be liable for injuries caused by their dog’s actions, especially if the owner knew their dog was aggressive.
Dog bite victims are often left with not only physical injuries but also expensive medical bills, loss of wages due to missed work, and pain and suffering that can negatively affect quality of life for years to come.
Fortunately, you do not have to face this difficult time alone. The dog bite lawyers at Zinda Law Group have helped countless injury victims get their lives back on track after an accident. We have the experience necessary to answer your questions and advise you on your legal rights so you are able to make an informed decision on the best way forward.
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To learn what Zinda Law Group may do for you, schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced dog bite and animal attack lawyers. You will not owe us anything unless we are able to win your case.
NEW MEXICO DOG BITE LAW
New Mexico is one of the few states that does not have a dog liability statute. Instead, New Mexico dog bite law is comprised of rules set by New Mexico courts. Specifically, New Mexico uses a combination of “one bite” and negligence law in dog bite cases.
The “one bite” rule means that the first time a dog bites someone, the owner may not be held liable for damages. This rule focuses on the knowledge of the dog owner; this means that to hold an owner liable, the injured person must show the owner knew the dog was aggressive. One way a victim may show this is by proving that the dog has already bitten someone else. Evidence that a dog has acted aggressively towards other animals is not enough to prove knowledge of aggressiveness.
Negligence cases focus on whether the dog owner used reasonable care to prevent the dog bite injury. In a negligence case, the victim must show that the owner knew or should have known about the dog’s aggressiveness, but failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent the dog from injuring others.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Taking appropriate steps in the early stages of a claim can be critical to obtaining a fair resolution. If you were injured as the result of the negligence of a dog owner, dog handler, or homeowner, you should obtain a consultation with a personal injury attorney who has experience pursuing this type of case.
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