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Who is Liable for Injuries Suffered in a Dog Attack?

Victims of Nevada dog bite attacks often suffer devastating injuries. Bite marks, nerve damage, lacerations and broken bones caused by a brutal dog attack may require extensive medical treatment, medication, surgery and time away from work. Victims of Las Vegas dog attacks may wonder where the money is going to come from to help cover these types of financial losses. A skilled Nevada dog bite injury attorney can help victims understand the legal options available to them.

Depending upon the circumstances of the attack, a dog owner could face criminal negligence charges. Negligent dog owners can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses sustained by the victim. Section 202.500 of the Nevada Code, for example, makes it possible for dog owners to face criminal charges if their dog causes substantial bodily harm.

Dog owners may not face criminal charges if the injured victim provoked the animal before the attack. If, however, the dog is involved in two separate attacks within 18 months, and those attacks were unprovoked, the pet owner may face criminal charges. It is important to remember that an injured victim will not receive compensation as a result of a criminal proceeding.

Injured victims of Las Vegas dog bites may seek financial compensation for their losses by filing a Nevada personal injury claim against the dog owner. Damages that may be covered include medical bills, time away from work, emotional distress, pain and suffering. Damages may also include cost of cosmetic surgery, which is often required after a dog attack in order to repair scars and bite marks.

The experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Shook & Stone know how to get dog bite victims the compensation they need. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a dog attack, call our offices today at 702-570-0000 for a free consultation and comprehensive claim evaluation.


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