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Dogs are animals with instincts, and sometimes they bite. Dog bite cases are tricky because so many of us love these typically gentle companions, so when a dog bites and injures you, you need a St. Louis law firm that knows how to navigate these cases and get you the compensation you deserve. Burger Law's St. Louis dog bite lawyers do the work required to succeed in your case.

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Dog Bite Lawyers St. Louis and Missouri. Burger Law’s dog bite lawyers help you recover after you have been bitten by a dog in St. Louis. Dogs are quite often excellent pets and companions, yet every year in the U.S. millions of dog bites occur. Even seemingly minor bites leave a lasting impact and affect you in ways beyond your physical visible injuries. Because of the risk of infection, psychological trauma and other serious damages it is important that you hire a qualified dog bite lawyer right away. You can speak to a dog bite injury lawyer from St. Louis about your case now by calling Burger Law at (314) 500-HURT or reaching us online.

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If you have been bitten by a dog and think you may have a dog bite injury case, do not go it alone. Missouri has strict liability laws that allow victims of vicious dog bites to seek compensation, and many municipalities in St. Louis and surrounding areas have additional local mandates, such as leash laws and ordinances regarding specific dog breeds. To get the most out of your recovery and to make sense of the complex issues of negligence, damages and local dog laws in your case, contact a firm like ours right away. Burger Law is a leading St. Louis personal injury law firm with specialized skills and expertise in dog bite injury claims. Our skilled dog bite attorneys have helped hundreds of Missouri injury victims collect more than $170 million in damages. When you hire us for your dog bite claim, we fight to get you maximum compensation.


The damage a dog bite leaves behind is often much more than physical. In addition to lacerations, broken bones and bruises, vicious dog attacks can cause permanent damage and leave physical and mental scars that never heal. The result of these attacks are even more devastating when they happen to young children. When you or a loved one suffers the physical and emotional trauma of a dog bite, you need a skilled and dedicated dog bite attorney who will not simply accept a meager settlement offer but will work hard to demand and obtain the highest possible compensation for your lasting damages.

From demonstrating the lasting impact of permanent visible scars to canvassing to investigate the dog’s prior history, the Burger Law dog bite injury lawyers in St. Louis will not rest until we recover the maximum amount of compensation available to you. With decades of experience, millions of dollars won for our clients and the highest number of five-star reviews among law firms in the St. Louis area, you can rest assured that your dog bite case is in the right hands when you hire a Burger Law dog bite lawyer. Speak to one of our dog bite lawyers for free at (314) 500-HURT or send us a message now to see if you have a dog bite case.

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What Are My Rights After A Dog Bite?

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What Are My Rights After A Dog Bite In St. Louis?

When a dog bites, they are most likely feeling threatened or have a history of trauma. Whatever the case, it is the St. Louis dog owner’s responsibility to prevent a dog bite injury from occurring. If you have been bit by a dog, you should first seek immediate medical attention and then find a skilled St. Louis dog bite lawyer who can help you secure the recovery you need. Your Burger Law dog bite lawyer in St. Louis will promptly step in to identify the attacking dog, mandate rabies testing, investigate the dog’s prior biting history, file claims and, if it comes to it, represent your case in court against the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance and any other available insurance coverage. With extensive trial experience and hundreds of cases won for our deserving clients, we are the injury firm you want on your side.

Count on the skilled dog bite lawyers of Burger Law to serve you in your St. Louis dog bite suit. We know what it takes to win your case and get you the compensation you need. We will help you manage the day-to-day of your claim process, handle all communications and paperwork, make sense of your legal options, negotiate a great settlement and even take your fight to trial if necessary. Allow our meticulous and tenacious approach to legal representation to put your mind at ease as we take on your dog bite injury claim from beginning to end.

Do I Have a Dog Bite Case?

Do I Have a St. Louis Dog Bite Case?

If you or a family member has been bitten by a neighbor's dog, or anyone's dog in Missouri, you may be eligible to file a claim and pursue compensation. Damages you may be able to collect include medical expenses, emotional distress, and other damages. Burger Law's Missouri dog bite injury lawyers in St. Louis fight for the rights of those who have been injured by dog bites and other incidents. We fight to get you the compensation you deserve. If you believe you have a St. Louis or Missouri dog bite injury case, contact us for free at (314) 500-HURT or online. Burger Law's St. Louis-based dog bite lawyers are ready to fight for you and get you the great recovery you deserve for your dog bite injury.

When Do I Have a Dog Bite Claim?

When Do I Have a St. Louis Dog Bite Claim?

Minor dog bite claims typically do not make it to court in St. Louis. They are often settled between the owner and the victim. If you want to escalate a claim beyond a small claims court, you must have more serious injuries and other damages. This may include medical expenses, scarring, trauma, and other financial repercussions.

Most St. Louis dog bite cases occur in public places like parks, on the sidewalk, watching a baseball game, etc. These attacks commonly fall under strict liability, which means the owner of the dog is responsible for paying damages. However, the injured party may affect the settlement if they were partially at fault by provoking the attack, trespassing, or any situation where the attack occurred.

Leash laws vary throughout the U.S. In Missouri, for instance, the only "leash" laws set in place are while an animal owner is in a state park. There are variations of leash laws and proper duties of care, such as the Adequate Control Law that enforces control of your dog in public or private places.

What a Burger Law dog bite lawyer will look for is A) if the dog was provoked, and B) where an attack happened.

What Are My Options For a Dog Bite Claim?

What Are My Options For a Missouri Dog Bite Claim?

Here is the Missouri law detailing dog bites and dog bite lawsuits:

Statute 273.036 details liability in dog bite lawsuits. The dog owner will be liable for the damages caused, minus the percentage that the person bit was liable for the attack. This means that if someone provoked the animal and caused the dog to bite them, then they will be liable for a portion of their damages. If the dog bit someone and was not provoked, as in the case of a dog escaping the yard or a leash, the dog owner will be fully liable for the damages caused by the dog. This type of law is known as comparative negligence, which means that a person will be liable for the portion of the damages they either caused or were harmed by because of their failure to act in a reasonable way.

When you are injured by a dog that was in someone else's care other than the owner, you may have a case of negligent entrustment. This is a law of negligence that says that an owner can still be seen as negligent for allowing someone unqualified or incapable to operate or manage that property. In this case, the property is the dog.

So what should you take from this Missouri dog bite law? If you were somewhere you have legal right to be in Missouri and you were attacked by a dog and the dog owner acted negligently in securing their animal, you may not be liable for any of the damages at all. If you were taunting the dog and it attacked you, or if you were in an area you didn't have the legal right to be in, you will be held liable as well. Never provoke a dog, it's just not a smart nor safe thing to do.

Dog attacks are especially tragic when children are bitten as a result of negligent dog owners. Vicious dog attacks can leave physical and mental scarring that victims may never be able to overcome. Gary Burger and his associates have had years of experience as St. Louis dog bite attorneys and we can assist you in getting full compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one have been involved in a K-9 attack, it's important to immediately identify the attacking dog, mandate rabies testing and work with a state or county health official to ensure the dog is quarantined. In most K-9 attack cases, a dog bite lawsuit is required.

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How Common Are Dog Bite Injuries?

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How Common Are Dog Bite Injuries in St. Louis?

Most dogs are fun, friendly and safe family pets. So just how common are dog bites and what effect do dog bite injuries have on our communities?

  • There are more than 55 million dogs in the United States. Put another way, one-third of all American homes have a pet dog.1
  • There are 4.5 million dog bites each year.1
  • There are 100 dog bites every hour.4
  • 800,000 dog bites each year, or one in five, require medical treatment.2
  • 334,000 dog bite injuries each year require hospitalization.4
  • More than half of all dog bite victims are children.2
  • Most dog bite fatalities are children.1
  • Dog bite injuries are more common in children than injuries from accidents caused by playgrounds, bikes, skateboards, and mopeds.4
  • 77% of all dog bite injuries occur at the home of the victim or at the home of the victim's friend or family.4
  • 1 in 5 dog bite injuries become infected.3
  • Dog bites cost homeowners insurance carriers $854 million in dog bite injury suits in the year 2020.3
  • Dog bite victims suffer more than $1 billion in economic damages every year.3

If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite attack, contact our St. Louis dog bite injury lawyers immediately.

Sources:
1. American Academy of Family Physicians Prevention and Treatment of Dog Bites
2. American Veterinary Medical Association Dog bite prevention
3. DogBites.org Dog bite statistics
4. UMPC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Facts and Figures About Dog Attacks

What Are The Most Common Dog Bite Injuries Sustained

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What Are The Most Common Dog Bite Injuries Sustained in St. Louis?

Here are several types of injuries that can arise from a dog bite:

  • Puncture Wounds - Dogs, by nature, have sharp canines designed for puncturing skin. When a dog bites, they use these teeth to cause wounds that can cause serious bleeding if not seen to immediately.
  • Broken Bones - Larger breeds of dogs have extremely strong jaws, and when they bite, they can do a tremendous amount of damage. Larger breeds are also known to have the ability to break bones when they bite.
  • Infections - Dogs will eat just about anything, and that includes trash, food found on the floor or outside and food that could be several days old. Their mouths are full of bacteria that can cause infections, including capnocytophaga, when the dog bites someone.
  • Diseases - In rare cases, a dog can transmit rabies and other diseases to a human when they bite. This is why it's always critically important to see a doctor after any dog bite.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Many people underestimate the emotional conditions and reactions often associated with dog bites and attacks, including PTSD.
What Do I Do After a Dog Bite?

What Do I Do After a Dog Bite In St. Louis?

If you have been bitten by a dog in St. Louis or elsewhere in Missouri, it is important that you immediately speak with a dog bite lawyer at Burger Law. Also, taking certain precautions may help secure any financial compensation. The following steps are the best practices for what to do after a dog bite:

  • Seek medical attention immediately. Even if an injury seems minor, we highly recommend seeking professional medical assistance.
  • Document everything. Take pictures of the injury, note the name of the owner, your location, and save any medical bills.
  • Try to find out if the dog is vaccinated or contains rabies. This part of the process may go directly to the owner.
  • If a child is bit, make sure to get a full account as soon as possible. Did a child provoke the dog? Was it unprovoked? Was it leashed?

Get as many details about the incident as possible. It is up to our St. Louis-based dog bite injury firm serving all of Missouri to help you recover fair compensation for you or a family member's injuries. If you or your child have been bitten and injured by a dog, contact our experienced St. Louis dog bite attorneys right away. We will fight every step of the way and demand the full recovery your family deserves.

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You may be entitled to compensation under R.S.Mo. §273.036, if you suffered injury due to a dog bite.

R.S.Mo. §273.036 provides that the “owner or possessor of any dog that bites, without provocation, any person while such person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner or possessor of the dog, is strictly liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s or possessor’s knowledge of such viciousness.”

To prove that a dog owner is liable under the statute, an injured person must show:

  • A dog bite and resulting injury
  • The injured person did not provoke the dog
  • The injured person had a lawful right to be in the place where the dog bite occurred

This is a strict liability statute, meaning the dog owner is liable regardless of whether he or she took reasonable care to prevent the dog bite, such as restraining the dog.

The statute also prescribes a $1,000.00 fine to a dog owner held liable for a dog bite, in addition to any other damages the injured person can prove.

A person injured from a dog bite is entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income (if they are unable to work), pain and suffering, and property damage.

Common legal defenses to liability under the Missouri dog bite statute include provocation and trespassing. If the dog owner can prove the injured person provoked the dog, such as by petting or startling the dog, then the injured person may not be able to recover. Similarly, the injured person may not recover under the statute if the dog owner can prove the injured person was trespassing on private property at the time of the bite.

Notice that the statute only covers dog “bites.” So, what happens if you are injured when a dog jumps on you and knocks you down, or otherwise attacks you but does not bite you? The Missouri Supreme Court has held that a claim in ordinary negligence may be asserted to recover for harm caused by domestic animals that are not abnormally dangerous. Duren v. Kunkel, 814 S.W.2d 935 (Mo. banc 1991). So, to recover damages for a non-bite injury caused by a dog, you may bring a negligence claim based on premises liability.

In dog attack cases based on premises liability, the elements of proof are dictated by the entrant’s classification as either a trespasser, licensee or invitee. Carter v. Kinney, 896 S.W.2d 926, 928 (Mo. banc 1995). An entrant is deemed a trespasser unless the possessor of the land has given the entrant permission to enter. Id. One who enters the premises of another with permission is a licensee, unless the possessor has a sufficient interest in the visit that it is reasonable to assume that the possessor has made the premises safe for the visit, in which case the visitor is deemed an invitee. Id.

Generally, the possessor owes a trespasser no duty of care; a licensee the duty to make safe dangers known to the possessor; and an invitee the duty to exercise reasonable care to protect him or her against both known dangers and those that would be revealed by inspection. Id.

Thus, in a dog attack case pled on a premises liability theory, the dog owner is subject to liability for harm to licensees if the dog presents a foreseeable danger to a licensee of which the dog owner is aware; and a dog owner is subject to liability for harm to an invitee if the dog presents a foreseeable danger to the invitee of which the dog owner knows or should have known. Wilson ex rel. Wilson v. Simmons, 103. S.W.3d 211, 219 (Mo. App. 2003).

In a dog attack claim based on premises liability, the dog owner will often raise the defense of comparative negligence. Under Missouri law, the injured person’s damages are reduced if he or she was partly responsible for their injuries. Furthermore, if a jury determines the injured person was more than 50 percent responsible for the incident, he or she will not be allowed to recover any damages.

In Missouri, under the statute of limitations an injured person has five years from the date of the dog bite to file a lawsuit.

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How Can I Keep My Children Safe From Dog Bites?

How Can I Keep My Children Safe From Dog Bites in St. Louis?

Most children in St. Louis are naturally attracted to animals. Dogs are no exception. It is important to enforce safety measures because you never know when an attack will happen. A child's Labrador may be friendly and never cause harm, but a St. Louis neighbor's Chihuahua could strike if provoked. Our St. Louis dog bite attorneys will protect you and help you recover. Call us at (314) 500-HURT now. There are a few rules-of-thumb to follow in St. Louis to keep your children safe from dog bites:

  • Especially with children, it is better not to pet dogs without the owner's permission.
  • Running from a dog typically excites it, which can exacerbate the situation.
  • Give strange dogs their space. If leash-less or wondering, back up slowly and do not provoke.
  • Do not squeeze dogs too hard. This may agitate them and cause aggression or accidental excitement.
  • Let a dog come to you. Allow them to sniff your hand, finish their meal, or sleep in peace.

The final point above is very important to teach to St. Louis children. They may be man's best friend, but dogs have teeth and paws that can cause permanent scarring, childhood trauma, and legal repercussions. Burger Law's dog bite lawyers can help if you or a family member have been injured by a dog.

According to Kids Health, nearly 5 million people suffer from dog-related injuries each year. Most victims are children under the age of nine. It is important for St. Louis adults to protect themselves and their kids, and to encourage safety measures to prevent attacks, whether provoked or innocent.

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Our ferocious, dedicated dog bite lawyers in St. Louis serving all of Missouri fight hard and demand your recovery when you are injured by a dog bite. Call Burger Law's team of reputable St. Louis dog bite lawyers right away at (314) 500-HURT to begin your path to a full recovery. We work hard for you so you can spend your time healing; leave the rest up to us. Hire a Burger Law dog bite lawyer right away. While we work for you, educate yourself on the civil claim process including how to prepare, what you can expect and how to find the right dog bite lawyer for you in Missouri.

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When you hire Burger Law's dog bite lawyers in St. Louis to handle your case, you have a dedicated team who will go the extra mile to prove your case and secure complete compensation. We will quickly investigate to determine whether or not the dog has a history of biting, make claims, file lawsuits and try cases against the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance and/or other insurance.

Burger Law works with individuals who have sustained dog bite injuries in St. Louis to establish the damages, including living life with scarring or having to plan future plastic surgery to ameliorate the scarring. Our dog bite lawyers hire surgeons to testify about damages caused in dog attack cases, including the cost of repairing the scarring that is a result of the attack. Gary Burger and his associates will even canvas St. Louis neighborhoods where the dog attack occurred to prove prior attacks. The St. Louis dog bite lawyers of Burger Law are seasoned in canine attacks and have taught other lawyers how to handle different types of dog bite cases. To get started on your free case evaluation, contact the St. Louis dog bite attorneys of Burger Law by calling 314-542-2222 or completing our online contact form.

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Most dog bite victims begin their case knowing very little about personal injury law. As a leading dog bite injury law firm in St. Louis, we see it as our duty to provide all victims with resources and information to help them understand their situation, including answers to many of the most common questions injury victims have.

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