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Who's to blame for a cat bite or scratch?

Animal bites caused by pets are typically the responsibility of the pet owner, but there are always exceptions to the rule. For example, if you're

What would be considered negligence if a cat bites?

If the owner knows the cat doesn't like to be petted but does not warn you, that could be a negligent act. If the homeowner did not get the cat its yearly shots while knowing it was violent or aggressive, then you might be able to show neglect or negligence. You might also be able to win a case if you can show that you did not intend to touch the animal but that it was forced on you or told to attack.

In most cases, if a cat bites you, you'll need to show negligence before you can file a claim. Some people may carry homeowner's insurance that covers cat bites specifically, and in that case, you may be able to file a claim in accordance with the specific terms of that insurance policy. Your attorney can help you review your case and decide if you have what you need to file a lawsuit against the owner of the cat.

Source: FindLaw, "Animal Bites: Who Pays Damages?," accessed Aug. 01, 2017

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