Thousands of people nationwide, including in New Hampshire, suffer animal bites each year. The number of personal injury lawsuits that follow dog and cat bites underscores the prevalence of such incidents. Wild animal bites occur much less frequently because very few people get in close contact with non-domestic animals.
Dog bite laws differ from state to state, but those in New Hampshire are more favorable to victims than most other jurisdictions. However, the dog owner cannot be held liable if the person who suffered dog bite injuries was committing a civil wrong or trespassing at the time of the attack. Nevertheless, specific questions need answers before the filing of a civil lawsuit.