We all know that companion animals often mean more to us than a laser printer or even a piece of heirloom jewelry.
Did the police shoot and kill your dog under questionable circumstances?
Was your service animal killed while traveling in your car?
Resist the temptation to let insurance companies treat her like a crumpled bumper and request compensation under your personal injury/bodily injury coverage.
Did the neighbor’s Chow throttle and eviscerate your Chihuahua?
Do not settle for mere “market value,” an inapplicable measure of damages perpetuated by insurance companies and defense attorneys as an excuse to provide you with only a nominal recovery, especially if you adopted a dog from the shelter. Demand intrinsic value and full compensation for the accidental killing or intentional murder of your beloved companion - be it loss of use, companionship, friendship, protection, security, other special skills or capabilities, and any emotional distress that may have followed from a malicious and cruel death.
Did your Skyhoundz (R) award-winning canine need a leg amputated?
Recover veterinary bills and expenses, as well as damages for the inability to play, train, and compete with your Frisbee-loving dog.
Contact an animal law attorney to pursue all claims held by and through your companion animal.
Mr. Karp estimates having evaluated and/or handled over 500 such cases, including those that have changed or clarified the law, such as Womack v. von Rardon, 133 Wash.App. 254 (III, 2006) and Damiano v. Lind, 163 Wash.App. 1017 (III, 2011). Mr. Karp has authored Causes of Action in Intentional Tort for Loss of or Injury to an Animal by a Human, 44 Causes of Action 2d 211 (2010) and Cause of Action Under 42 U.S.C.A. s 1983 for Death of or Injury to Animal, 48 Causes of Action 2d 527 (2011).