Does New Mexico apply strict liability rules to dog owners?

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2022 | Dog Bites

If a dog turns aggressive and bites you, you could sustain serious injuries and damage to your property. Attacks involving big dogs or young children can be particularly serious. You will probably assume that the animal’s owner is responsible for any damage it causes.

You often can make insurance claims against homeowners and renter’s insurance policies in the event of a dog bite. If you are unable to resolve the claim through negotiations with the insurance company or if the dog the owner does not have insurance, you could file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and damages.

When making a claim, the insurance company will likely ask about whether there is evidence that the owner knew, or should have known, the animal was dangerous. This evidence also comes in the form of the animal having a history of aggression against other animals or people or the owner having signs warning of their dangerous dog. The insurance company will also want to know whether there is any evidence that the dog was not properly restrained. If you can establish that the owner knew, or should have known, the dog was aggressive or that the owner failed to properly restrain the dog, this will be helpful to your claim.

Understanding the law that will apply to any claim you make after a dog bite attack can help you obtain justice and fair compensation for your losses. Call the attorneys at Sutten Law Group, LLC, at (505) 990-RICK (7425) to discuss your potential claims.