Las Vegas Dog Bite Attorney
As with premises liability laws that require property owners to maintain safe and healthy environments, dog owners are also responsible for ensuring that their pets do not endanger the safety of others. Common dog bite injuries can include lacerations, puncture wounds, loss of limbs, but some situations lead to
catastrophic injuries or
wrongful death. Depending on the circumstances involved, including the nature of the attack and where it occurred, dog bite cases and compensation can vary drastically.
Nevada Dog Bite Law
Any dog bite or attack that results in an injury is sufficient grounds for filing a personal injury claim. Owners can be held liable to compensate victims for any physical or emotional damages if it is determined that the owner's negligence led to the injury. Nevada does not have an explicit law or statute relating to dog bite liability, but there is a statute regarding dangerous and vicious dogs. According to Nevada statute §202.500, a "dangerous dog" is any dog that, without provocation, on two separate occasions within 18 months, behaves menacingly to the point where people would have to defend themselves when the dog is off the premises of its owner or not confined in a cage or vehicle. A dog is considered "vicious" when, without being provoked, it kills or injuries a person.
Whether or not a dog has a history of being dangerous or vicious can play a role in your dog bite case. For instance, it is explicitly illegal to own, keep, or transfer ownership of a vicious dog in Nevada. Owners of dogs that are deemed dangerous can also be held liable in court for any injuries their dogs caused. Our experienced attorneys at Shook & Stone have worked on numerous dog bite cases and are prepared to handle any complexities that may arise. By working with you to file a personal injury claim, we can determine the extent of negligence involved, the past behavior of the dog and owner in question, and any other facts and information relevant to the case.
Experienced Personal Injury Assistance for Victims
At Shook & Stone, we are prepared to handle any disputes or complexities that may arise during your case. Dog bite cases also run the risk of encountering defense strategies that place allegations on victims as trespassers or of their actions as provoking a dog into an attack so that owners may not be held liable. A competent attorney from our firm can deflect these allegations and swiftly bring your case to a favorable resolution. Client-focused and results-driven, our attorneys have the experience, legal knowledge, and skills needed to get you fair compensation. Contact us today to discuss your case or to set up a free case evaluation.