Dog Bites

Albuquerque attorney Ed Chavez, Jr. can help you hold dog owners accountable when dog bites occur.

Dogs have a well-earned reputation for being trusted companions. Dog owners often consider pets as family members, but the fact is they are still animals. When scared, anxious, hurt, or threatened, they can lash out, resulting in potentially serious harm to others. The Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. represents clients who have suffered injuries as a result of dog bites or attacks. In these cases, owners can be held liable for medical costs, lost wages, and other damages you incur.

Protecting You Against Dog Bites in Albuquerque

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 36% of U.S. households own at least one dog. While they can be a trusted source of both comfort and protection, even the most docile dog can turn violent under certain circumstances. It is the duty of dog owners to maintain control of their pets at all times and to keep them on leashes when in public.

Unfortunately, when dog owners fail in these duties, serious injuries can occur. Albuquerque dog bite attorney Ed Chavez, Jr. protects the rights of victims, helping them to recover from their injuries. Damages that often result from dog bites and attacks include:

  • Severe scratches, puncture wounds, and torn flesh, muscles, and ligaments. These can cause permanent scarring and disabling physical impairment.

  • Diseases due to bacteria in the dog’s mouth. Contrary to common myths, the CDC reports dogs carry more than 60 different types of bacteria in their saliva. This puts you at risk for rabies, tetanus, and other potentially life-threatening bacterial infections.

  • Emotional trauma as a result of the attack. A dog bite or attack can leave victims suffering symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for years after. The effects include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and sleep disturbances.

Holding Pet Owners Responsible for Dog Bites

When serious injuries occur, Albuquerque dog bite attorney Ed Chavez, Jr. helps you hold the dog owner responsible. While there are no specific dog bite laws in our state, dog owners may be liable under New Mexico negligence statutes. This type of lawsuit can be used in cases involving unleashed dogs, those not properly restrained in local parks or your neighborhood, and dogs you encounter when visiting friends, family, or acquaintances. These laws also apply in incidents involving emotional support dogs you encounter in stores, restaurants, on planes, or in other public places. Damages you may be entitled to in a dog bite claim include:

  • Current and future medical expenses;

  • Lost wages and future losses in income due to lingering disabilities;

  • Compensation for the pain and suffering you endure from the attack and in the aftermath.

Get Albuquerque Dog Bite Attorney Ed Chavez, Jr. on Your Side

The Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. provides the caring client service and professional representation needed when dog bites and attacks happen. To discuss your case and the types of compensation you may be entitled to, contact Ed’s office and request a consultation today.