Las Vegas Dog Bite Attack Lawyer
Filing a Dog Bite Claim in Nevada
As anyone who has been bitten by a dog can tell you, the pain remains well after the initial attack. Outside of debilitating injuries, terrible physical scars, and potentially devastating financial ramifications, the emotional shock from a dog bite can establish a life-long fear of it happening again; which sadly is all too common. In 2013, victims of dog bites topped 4.5 million in the United States, with an estimated 2 million of them being children. According to the Las Vegas Sun, 13 letter carriers were assaulted by dogs within the year, which puts the city at 28th for most bites in the nation.
The reasons for so many injuries vary from case-to-case, but more often than not, it is the result of careless or uneducated owners putting innocent bystanders, or worse, loved ones in harms-way.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by a dog in Las Vegas, do not hesitate. Contact Las Vegas personal injury attorney Mark Breyer at the law offices Breyer Law Offices, P.C. immediately. When it comes to holding the at-fault party responsible for your injuries, or the wounds of a loved one, Mark is there for you. Call (702) 380-8000 today and learn more about your options with a free consultation.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Regardless of the dog's size, whether it is a Pit-bull or a Doberman, or any other breed, a severe bite from any dog can be devastating. This applies across the board – adults, elderly, and children alike can suffer savage wounds from a dog, no matter the animal's stature. These wounds can be both physical and emotional, with a steep cost for each. In 2013, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) reported that nearly a half billion dollars were awarded in claims connected to dog bites. The injuries vary from victim to victim, but examples include:
- Deep lacerations and punctures
- Mutilation to the muscles and tendons
- Mangled limbs and broken bones
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Emotional and psychological distress
Who May Be Held Accountable for Dog Bite Injuries in Las Vegas?
Whether you were attacked in the front yard with your children, out for a walk in the park or simply getting into your car on the street – in the state of Nevada – the owner of the dog that assaulted you is almost always held liable for damages. In addition, if you were bitten by a dog while lawfully on someone else's private property, you have the right to file a claim against the dog owner.
In the state of Nevada, provided your conduct or that of a loved one did not provoke the animal, the owner is held responsible for any bodily harm inflicted. Additionally, in some counties owners are required to keep their dogs leashed and well contained within their property. Failing to do so can be considered negligence on their part. And finally, while the state of Nevada does not have a 'dog bite statute', if the owner is aware of the dog's aggressive nature, they can be considered liable should it attack anyone, provided the victim was not unlawfully trespassing.
After being attacked it is highly advisable you collect the following to ensure a speedy litigation:
- Any eye-witness accounts of the event
- You medical report and any photos of the injuries, before and after
- Filed police report
- Evidence that establishes ownership and mishandling of said dog
What Should You Do after a Dog Bite?
Because of the potentially brutal nature of a dog bite, medical expenses can soar into the hundreds of thousands. In-depth medical treatments, physician consultations, and extensive laboratory work can quickly add-up. Coupled with being unable to function at your job or potentially leave your home - an attack can leave you or a loved one in debt in a short amount of time. By filing a claim against the liable party, you may alleviate the financial burden that is often associated with costly medical procedures.
But finding proper representation in your time of need is critical. You need someone who understands the severity of a dog attack and can navigate your claim to a successful verdict. Attorney Mark Breyer knows the severity of such injuries and what it takes to hold the at-fault owners responsible. If you or a loved one has been victimized by a dog attack, do not delay. Get the compensation you are entitled to and the care you deserve by calling Las Vegas dog bite attorney Mark Breyer. To learn more, call our Las Vegas office at (702) 380-8000 today and receive a free evaluation of your case as well as the next steps you should take.