Although dogs are often called man's best friend, they can be unpredictable and attack when least expected. Along with the personal injury threat of dog bites come the long-term psychological consequences of such trauma. In New Hampshire and elsewhere, it is crucial to find out whether a dog's rabies shots are current as soon as possible after a bite. Dog bites can cause nerve or muscle damage, and bacteria in a dog's mouth can cause infections, illnesses or even death.
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.