If your pet is killed by someone, you can sue. However, the question is, Should you sue? And, will you prevail if you do file a lawsuit? This depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.
Losing a pet is always difficult, and in the immediate aftermath of the loss, the pet owner may not be able to think clearly. For that reason alone, you should always contact a lawyer to discuss potential claims. A lawyer can evaluate the totality of the situation and offer guidance on if there is a case and how to move forward.
Some of the most common situations that come up in pet litigation are:
- Someone kills a pet in self-defense, such as if it was attacking them and they feared for their life;
- Someone intentionally and maliciously kills a pet for seemingly no reason;
- Someone accidentally kills a pet, such as running them over in their vehicle; or
- A pet passes away due to some sort of inappropriate veterinary care.
Each of these situations carries different issues and can lead to different types of lawsuits, including civil and/or criminal prosecution. This is why it is very important to speak to a lawyer in Austin if your pet has been injured or killed by someone else.
The lawyers at Funk and Associates can provide you with direction, consoling and advice.