Suffer a Dog Bite Injury?
West Plains Personal Injury Lawyer
Have you or a family member suffered from a dog bite and been seriously
injured? If so, you need to speak with an experienced dog bite lawyer
from our firm to learn about your legal rights to financial compensation.
Your Rights to Recover Injuries From a Dog Bite
Missouri law provides several different causes of action available to the
victim of a dog bite which may differ depending on where the injury occurs,
whether on the premises of the owner of the dog, off the premises of the
owner or within a city or town which may have a leash law. Your right
to recover may also depend on whether or not the dog has a history or
propensity to bite or attack. There are at least three different ways
for a victim of a dog bite to recover damages in Missouri including the
Vicious or Dangerous Propensities
If the injured victim of a dog bite or attack can show that the dog had
vicious or dangerous propensities such as biting or threatening to bite
in the past, and that the owner of the dog had knowledge of those propensities,
the owner’s exercise of reasonable care in restraining the dog is
not a defense. In other words, strict liability applies because of the
dog’s dangerous propensities and the owner’s knowledge of
Dangerous Condition of Property
Another theory of recovery in a dog bite case in Missouri is based on a
premises liability theory of a dangerous condition of property. If a dog
bite or attack takes place on the Defendant’s premises, dangerous
or vicious propensities or proof of same is not required.
Violation of a Leash Law
Many cities and towns in Missouri have a leash law which in essence requires
the owner to maintain possession and control of a dog on their own premises.
Many of these laws, referred to as municipal ordinances, make the owner
liable for an injury which occurs if the dog has not been contained on
the owner’s premises. In Missouri, when a leash law is in effect
and a dog leaves the property of the owner, attacking and biting another
person, the owner may be held strictly liable which means absolute liability
without any proof of negligence being required.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for a
personal injury case in Missouri, which would include a dog bite, is 5 years for an adult.
If the victim of a dog bite is a minor, the statute of limitations does
not begin to run until the age of 21 and runs to age 26.
Get started on your rights!
Depending on the severity of the bite, you could require hospitalization
and complications can occur if the bite becomes infected. You may require
extensive wound care, plastic surgery and scar revision. Our experienced
dog bite lawyers can fight for you to recover the damages you need to
cover your past and future medical expenses, as well as scarring, disfigurement
and lost pay from work.
Our firm works on a contingency fee bases, meaning you pay nothing unless
we win and you will not have to pay us until we recover the compensation
Call Henry & Williams today to set up your free consultation –