Individuals who have received personal injury and even damage to their property by a canine will be able to file a lawsuit as long as they file within three years of injury.
Injuries caused by a dog, but not a dog’s bite, may also be filed in civil court. For example, in Bohan v. Ritzo, 141 N.H. 210,218 (1996), a bicyclist was frightened by a dog resulting in him crashing. The dog’s owner was liable for the bicyclist’s injuries.
Not only are the dog’s owners liable for injuries, anyone who is found negligent resulting in a dog causing injury may also be held liable under NH’s negligence laws. For example, stray dogs let onto the grounds of care facilities that result in injury is a negligent act.