Get a Settlement After a Dog Bite
Dog Bites are common and a serious problem for victims. If you’ve suffered a dog bite, you need a strong attorney on your side. The cost of dog bites is estimated to exceed one billion dollars per year. Unfortunately, the problem is steadily growing. The number of dog bite incidents has increased by a third in the last decade while the number of dogs has only increased by 2%.
Sadly, about half the victims are children, with the most likely target being between the ages of 5 and 9. Dog bites are the second most common cause of childhood injury, surpassing playground accidents. The majority of dog bite injuries towards children involved the face and can result in disfigurement.
Dog Bite Laws
According to the law, dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions and homeowner’s insurance will pay for the damages. Dog bites account for about a third of home owners’ insurance claims.
Nevada does not have specific dog bite laws in place like many other states. The “one bite free” rule that many states have also does not apply. If a person is attacked by a dog, the victim has the right to sue the dog’s owner for a personal injury. Since most dog bites occur on the property where the dog resides, these cases fall under premise liability.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that at least 16 people die each year from dog bites. Overall, the CDC reports that almost 5,000,000 people are attacked each year by a dog, and that almost one—fifth of those bites are serious enough to require intensive medical care. With such staggering facts, it is easy to see why dog bites are taken so seriously.
Remaining Safe Around Strange Animals
It is very important that everyone understands that all dogs can be dangerous. This is especially important to instill in small children who are the most common victim of dog attacks. Everyone should obey the following guidelines when they are around a strange dog:
- Do not quickly approach a dog you do not know. This may seem as if you are attacking the dog and they will react.
- Do not bother a dog that is eating or engaged in another activity. Dogs feel threatened and will “protect” their food or toys.
- Avoid making direct eye contact with an aggressive dog. Dogs find this as a challenge and are more apt to attack.
- Never approach a stray dog.
- Do not try to calm a barking dog that you do not know.
Aggressiveness in a dog is not restricted to any single breed or size of dog. While some breeds of dogs can be more aggressive by nature, all breeds of dogs can attack if they feel threatened, are inured, or have been abused to the point of aggression.
If you have suffered a dog bite, you should schedule a consultation with a professional dog bite attorney. The injuries you received can often quickly add up to large medical bills and you may suffer other financial issues as a result. If your child was injured there may also be additional emotional harm connected to the attack.
Many insurance companies try to overlook the seriousness of a dog bite. This lack of compassion can further injure the victim. It is important to protect your rights with legal representation.
Dog Bites – Free Consultation
If you or someone you know in the Las Vegas area has been injured by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. Adam S. Kutner & associates help dog bite victims like you through the legal process. Call us at (702) 382-0000, or complete our online evaluation form here. We will evaluate your claim free of charge and help you collect the compensation you deserve.