Animal Injury Lawsuits
If you hit a dog or cat on the street with your car, the pet’s owner probably won’t win if they try to sue you. (But it doesn’t mean the owner won’t try.) And if you own the pet that’s been hit, in general the courts will determine that you should have had full control over the animal if it was on public property.
There are some exceptions — such as someone deliberately trying to injure your pet or an injury happening on private land. These exceptions, however, are rare and would likely end with the courts still insisting that animal owners should control their animals.
There isn’t much to recover in these cases anyway. Pets are considered property, and the fair market price for an animal is generally lower than $500. Medical bills and pain and suffering aren’t considered recoverable damages by the courts in property cases.
Lastly, injury TO animals is not covered in auto or home insurance policies. Because the vast majority of injury cases are settled by well-endowed insurance companies, an animal injury case comes without the kind of financial backing that attracts most plaintiffs.
If you have been injured BY an animal, contact a lawyer immediately. Similarly, if your pet has injured someone, you will need a lawyer to guide you through personal injury court proceedings.