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Who should pay for my medical bills if I was attacked by a cat and I developed cat scratch disease?

You ask an important question, because cat scratch disease can lead to serious complications for some people. While some people with cat scratch disease may be treated on an outpatient basis with antibiotics or without medication, there are others who suffer rare, but serious consequences from the infection.

Generally, children under the age of five and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of developing serious complications from cat scratch disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) some of these complications may include problems with the:

  • Brain.
  • Eyes.
  • Heart.
  • Internal organs.

These complications may require extensive, and expensive, medical treatment.

It May Be the Cat’s Owner Who Should Pay for Treatment

If the cat owner knew—or should have known—that the cat could be aggressive, then the cat owner might be responsible for any injuries caused when the cat scratched or bit you. For example, if the cat had a history of hissing or putting its back up when strangers came into the home then it is reasonable to expect that the cat might bite.

In such a situation, the cat owner might be responsible for paying your medical bills if you develop cat scratch disease or another medical complication.

How to Get the Recovery That You Deserve

While the cat owner may be liable for your injuries, the cat owner (or his insurer) may need some convincing to pay for your injuries. An experienced animal bite lawyer can help you protect your rights and make sure that cat scratch disease does not cause you financial hardship. To learn more, please contact us directly via this website to schedule a free consultation.
 

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham