Will I Be Held Liable If The Cattle That I Own Enter My Neighbor's Land And Cause Damage Even Though They Are Under The Control Of My Farm Hand?

Yes. The owner of cattle who trespass and cause damages will be held liable to the injured party, even if they did not have control over their cattle at the time of the trespass. This rule applies if an owner's cattle are being watched by a farm hand or by another owner who has his or her own cattle. If there are multiple owners of cattle only the owner who is in control of the cattle at the time of the trespass will be held liable. The only time that multiple owners will be held liable for their cattle collectively trespassing is when the multiple owners have acted in concert. This would apply when a number of owners were in control of the cattle at the time of trespass.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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