Dog bites are a very common form of injury, for both adults and children and can be dangerous, painful, and costly. They can have serious consequences, including permanent disfigurement, psychological trauma and even death.
If a dog has bitten you or someone close to you, you may be entitled to compensation.
It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the dog bite in order to preserve your rights in this matter.
New Mexico Law
In New Mexico, injuries or property damage caused by a dog while running loose will be the full responsibility of the dog owner or the person or persons responsible for the dog when such damage or injury occurred.
The owner of a dog which bites a person when that person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on private property, including the property of the owner of the dog, is responsible for the damages suffered by the person that is bitten; regardless of whether that dog has ever bitten anyone in the past or if the dog is not know to be vicious.
A person is lawfully in or on the private property of the dog owner when they are invited or brought onto the owner’s property as a guest.
What if the dog was teased or taunted before it bit the individual?
Normally an owner of a dog that bites someone is strictly liable for the injuries caused by the bite. However, if it is determined that the dog was provoked, the owner will not be held responsible. Provocation can be unintentional (i.e. trying to pet the animal, offering the animal food…).
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