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Who can be held responsible for an animal bite?

If you or a loved one is attacked by an animal, such as a dog, there are a few key steps you need to take.

To start, don't waste any time receiving medical attention. You need to understand your injuries and the type of treatment strategy that will allow you to reach your previous level of health.

From there, you should turn your attention to potential responsible parties. This is important for many reasons, including the fact that it will help you to better understand your legal rights.

In addition to animal owners, here are a few other parties who could be responsible for a bite or attack:

-- Animal keeper. This is anyone who is responsible for the custody or care of an animal, such as an animal sitter or kennel.

-- Property owners. A property owner can be liable for any injuries caused by an animal bite or attack if he or she allowed the animal to be present on the property.

-- Landlords. If a landlord knows that a tenant is housing a dangerous animal, this person could be liable for injuries.

Once you pinpoint the responsible party, you may be in position to recover compensation for: lost wages, medical expenses, property damage and pain and suffering.

While most animals are friendly, this is not always the case. There are times when an animal decides to attack, which can leave a person with serious injuries. If you find yourself in this position, you should never hesitate to seek medical care and learn more about your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Dog Bites and Animal Attack Overview," accessed June 13, 2017

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