Understanding your legal rights is important in any type of litigation but especially so when it comes to dog bites. If you’ve been bitten by an animal, it’s critical that you identify it in order to find the animal’s owner.
Injuries caused by an animal are governed by the Animal Control Act or Domestic Animals Running at Large Act (livestock to include cows, sheep, goats, bison, swine, etc.). The Animal Control Act provides that the owner/keeper of an animal is strictly liable for any injury that occurs without provocation and the injury victim is peaceably conducting himself/herself. The injury victim must also prove that he/she is not a trespasser.
There is no requirement that the owner has knowledge of the violent propensity of the animal or that there had been a previous attack or bite. The injury can arise out of many manners of attack to include bite, scratch, motor vehicle collision caused by an animal running out into the road or kicking.
The Domestic Animals Running at Large Act requires owners/keepers to properly secure livestock so that the livestock are not running at large on public roadways. This statute is very important in rural areas to protect motorists from striking animals on country roads especially in dark conditions.
Chris Doscotch understands how to litigate injuries related to the animal control act, and work with insurance adjustors to make sure you are adequately compensated. And you will get the response you expect and the results you deserve.