Being attacked by an animal can be terrifying. An attack can leave a victim severely traumatized and injured, or even be fatal. In most cases, the owner of an animal is legally responsible for the actions of the animal and claims can be made against the owner and possibly a third party if their negligence can be linked to the injury.
To protect people from injuries caused by big cats, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that prohibits direct contact between people and lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cougars and other big cats at traveling animal shows and fairs. Animal exhibitors would face fines for each violation, reported MSN News(8.12.14).
The law was a response to the popular practice on Internet dating sites of posting “tiger selfies.” These photos showed potential dates, typically young men, with the dangerous felines.
Reasons for the ban also go beyond the photos. Wildlife advocates support the law saying “the trend is not only potentially hazardous to humans but encourages mistreatment of endangered animals that are often…poorly cared for and then neglected or discarded when they grow up.”
Recovering from an attack by an animal, whether it is a tiger or a dog, can be a long and painful process. Victims may be able to recover money damages to cover their past and future medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and more.
In the United States, dog bites are one of the most commonly reported animal bite injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year and half of these are children. Close to one in five of people who get bitten, about 885,000, require medical attention for their dog bite-related injuries. Many of the bites can be quite serious. In 2012, more than 27,000 people needed to undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.
In order to hold the responsible animal owner accountable for any expenses related to an animal caused injury, victims of the animal attack should report the incident to the police, take pictures of all injuries sustained, and contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Following these steps can be critical to victims seeking to get the compensation they deserve.
The MSN News story cited is “NY law protects big cats, bans ‘tiger selfies’”.