Dogs are beloved by many and are mostly deserving of the title of “man’s best friend.” However, when poorly trained, threatened, or neglected by their owners, they can become capable of vicious attacks. Certain breeds, such as pit bulls, rottweilers, and Dobermans are often bred to exhibit a propensity for aggression. Any dog attack, however, can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities, especially for children and seniors.
At Presley & Presley, LLC, we can provide reputable advocacy to help you seek the true value of your damages. Insurance companies know we mean business. Let us put our reputation to work for you.
Injured in a dog attack? Talk to one of our Kansas City dog bite attorneys in a free consultation: Call 816.931.4611 today.
According to Missouri law, a person injured by a dog bite is eligible to hold a dog owner liable if:
It is also important to understand that Missouri uses a “strict liability” rule in regards to dog bites. This means that even if the dog owner was not aware that his dog would bite someone or if the dog owner was not negligent in handling the dog, an injured person can still seek damages.
However, certain conditions apply. To hold a dog owner liable, you must prove:
The state’s strict liability rule only applies to injuries caused by dog bites. If an injury is caused by another type of behavior, such as jumping or pouncing, the injured individual would have to bring a standard negligence case to show that the dog’s owner should be held responsible for monetary damages.
Damages to which you may be entitled include your current and future medical expenses, rehabilitative costs, loss of income or wages, and pain and suffering. If the dog has bitten in the past, its owner may also face criminal charges for their negligence and could be fined up to $1,000
Most dog bite cases can be resolved through the pet owner’s homeowners’ or renters’ insurance coverage. However, such claims are typically difficult to file and even harder to negotiate. We can help you provide the necessary details and information when you choose to file for the compensation you deserve in the wake of a dog attack. Furthermore, if an insurance company representative tries to get a quick—and lowball—settlement agreement, our team with fight back on your behalf.
Depending on the nature of the attack, dog bites can be debilitating and painful, and often lead to permanent scarring. In serious attacks, a dog’s teeth can severely damage muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other tissue resulting in loss of bodily function or range of motion. In the most severe cases, these injuries can require surgeries or lead to a permanent disability. That’s not to mention the emotional trauma these attacks may cause, especially for children.
Getting all the compensation you need and deserve from an insurance company can prove difficult. Our legal team has a track record of success when it comes to holding at-fault parties and their insurance companies accountable for all the damages they have incurred. If you or someone you love has been injured by an unfriendly dog, we are here to help.
Let us fight for maximum compensation for you. Contact our Kansas City team by calling 816.931.4611.
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