Unfortunately, there are too many cases that pop up in the news about dangerous
dog attacks that result in serious injury or death. Sadly, many of them
are young, and vulnerable children. Recently, a
four-year-old Detroit boy was mauled to death after being ripped from his mother’s arms by
four vicious pit bulls. Another pit bull attack case out of
Elmont, NY resulted in the death of another child, a 9-year-old girl. These are just
two of many dog bite-related deaths that occur in the United States each
year. In 2014 alone, there were 42 fatalities caused by dangerous, unrestrained
animals. Pit bulls and rottweilers in particular accounted for approximately
74 percent of these fatalities.
Owners who knowingly keep or give away vicious animals can be held liable
for violating Nevada law. NRS 202.500 distinguishes between a “dangerous
dog,” which it is not a crime to keep, and a “vicious dog,”
which is an animal that either:
- Kills or inflicts substantial bodily harm upon a human being without having
been provoked by pain or torment, or
- Was previously declared a “dangerous dog” by law enforcement
and continues to display menacing behavior.
The exception to this rule is when a dog displays menacing behavior defensively
against a person who committed or attempted to commit a crime. While it
is not a crime to possess a dog that has been deemed dangerous, if the
dog injures another person, the owner can be held liable in a civil suit.
If a vicious dog, on the other hand, causes injury, the owner can be charged
with a felony offense and face time in prison.
Personal Injury Representation for Dog Bite Injuries
If you or a loved one have been harmed in an attack by a dangerous, unrestrained
dog, contact Shook & Stone as soon as possible. There is a two year
statute of limitations on personal injury claims, so it is important to
act now to preserve your right to pursue just compensation for your injuries.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to collect
compensation to cover the costs of medical care, reconstructive surgery,
and lost wages, for example.
free consultation with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer at Shook & Stone today!