We are the premier St. Louis dog bite lawyers. If you are looking for a dog bite lawyer near you, we can help. On this website, we bring you the most comprehensive information so you know exactly what to do after a dog bite and what your legal options are. We are ready to help when a dog attacks you, your child or a loved one.
It is estimated over 800,000 people in the United States are treated for bites and an average of 20 die. Children are the most prone to Missouri dog attacks. In fact, children make up 60 percent of all victims.
The pain from the dog bite force crushing your skin, muscles and bones can be immense. The most powerful dog bite can exert over 300 pounds of pressure. This kind of force rips skin and muscle and can even break bones. People can have dog bite scars for the rest of their lives.
Dog owners usually have homeowners insurance coverage to cover any bite that happens. There can be exclusions to liability coverage within the policy, so your lawyer will need to analyze the specific facts of your case in conjunction with the policy language. Renters policies will usually provide coverage as well. This is true even if the bite happens on public or private property.
First, call 911 and get medical attention from someone that knows how to treat a dog bite. Your doctor may recommend a rabies shot or tetanus shot. You may require sutures to close the wound or even surgery. You may be placed on antibiotics to fight any infection from bacteria.
In the worst cases, you may require admission into the hospital. During this time, you may not have the resources to protect your legal interests. So, you may need family members act on your behalf and hire a St. Louis dog bite lawyer.
Missouri’s dog bite statute says that owners and possessors of dogs are strictly liable for all injuries they cause. This means an owner does not have to be negligent to be held legally responsible for injuries caused by their animal. If a dog bites, the owner is liable. Some dog owners mistakenly believe if they are lawfully on private property they are not responsible for their dog’s bite. Dog bite victims can hold owners liable whether it happens on public property or private property.
If a dog bites a person within St. Louis county, ordinance 611.140 mandates the animal (dog, cat, puppy or kitten) be confined for clinical observation for ten (10) days after the bite. The county has control over the terms and conditions of the confinement. This could include confinement at the County facility, by a veterinarian or the owners residence if the director approves.
If at-home confinement is allowed it must be confined to a pen or other suitable place and must be on a leash. The owner is required to ensure the animal does not have contact with humans or other animals.
If the owner lives outside St. Louis county and wants to take the dog back to their residence, the dog must be a) examined by a veterinarian in St. Louis County prior to leaving the County, b) the County official will contact the animal’s ordinary veterinarian to ensure it has up-to-date shots, and c) the animal’s veterinarian must agree to examine the animal at the end of the quarantine period and report back three days after the exam.
If a dog bites a person within the City of St. Louis, ordinance 10.04.260 requires anyone with knowledge of the event to notify the animal regulation center. Afterwards, the animal is under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Health or the Commissioner’s assigns. They will supervise the isolation and observation of the dog and the animal must be housed in accordance with ordinance 10.04.120. This requires the dog to be confined at the animal regulation center for 10 days. The Commissioner may allow the dog to be observed by a private veterinarian.
The answer to this depends where the bite was. If there is scarring, you may need to see a plastic surgeon for a scar revision. A dog bite on the hand could be worth a substantial amount of money if it prevents the person from working. A dog bite to the face could be permanently disfiguring due to scar tissue. Your dog bite attorney will need to analyze many different factors to determine case value. If the dog has previously inflicted injury upon others, under Missouri law, the owner may be liable for punitive damages.
If a dog bites a child, the injuries can transcend physical damage. Emotional scarring is highly likely. Contemporary pediatrics reported the latest research shows PTSD is common in children attacked by dogs. Children can have behavioral problems, depression, loss of appetite, anxiety, problems with schooling, problems sleeping, and irritability after a bite. This is especially true when a bite occurs to a child’s face. The article concludes these can affect the child’s social, academic, and emotional growth.
Insurance companies typically want to only pay for the required medical care costs after an injury. We never see an offer that adequately compensates victims for pain, suffering and scarring. Once an experienced dog bite lawyer is involved, sometimes the insurance company will pay a fair settlement. Often the insurer refuses to negotiate fairly. In that scenario, we will file a dog bite lawsuit on your behalf against the owner of the dog and anyone else we believe may be liable.
The Bradley Law Firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for men, women and children attacked by dogs. We handle dog bite claims throughout Missouri and Illinois. We have the very best rating from Martindale Hubbell (AV), as rated by other lawyers and judges in St. Louis, Missouri.
Our St. Louis dog bite attorneys handle dog bite cases on a contingency fee. You owe us nothing unless we recover money for you. We front all the costs of investigation and prosecution of your case. We will never send you a bill for our services. If you are looking for a dog bite lawyer near you, Contact us and speak to one of our experienced lawyers for free.
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