Dog Bite LawyerKirkwood, MO
Well-trained dogs should never bite or attack anyone. If you've been bitten, we can help.
We love dogs and we love to have them as companions, but that doesn't mean they are always safe to be around. When they are poorly trained or feel threatened, they can and often will bite the person that they feel is threatening them. When a dog bites, even a little dog, it's going to hurt. Their teeth are made to puncture and tear. When you've been bitten by a dog, what should you do? What are your options?
Burger Law is a Personal Injury Law Firm in Kirkwood that is dedicated to aggressively fighting for the rights of dog bite victims. Your dog bite claim could be complex, and without the assistance of an experienced dog bite lawyer in Kirkwood you could get less of a recovery than you deserve. Our personal injury lawyers will make sure that you're fully taken care of. If you have any question about our personal injury firm, or how our dog bite lawyers will handle your dog bite case, call our team at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never ask for any attorneys fees unless we win your dog bite lawsuit.
Dog Bite Lawyer Kirkwood - Know Your Rights
Here are the Missouri and Illinois laws governing dog bite lawsuits.
For Missouri, Statute 273.036 details liability in Dog Bite Lawsuits. In Missouri, the pet owner is liable for the damage the dog causes, however, the person bit, if they were partially liable for the bite, they will only be able to recover the amount they weren't liable for. 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. However, if the dog escaped the yard or leash, and the person bit took no actions to provoke the dog, then the pet owner will hold liability. This type of law is known as Comparative Negligence, which dictates that a person will only be able to recover the amount which they weren't liable for the accident.
For Illinois, Statute 510 ILCS 5/16 details liability in Dog Bite Lawsuits. Illinois law is quite similar to Missouri's. If the person wasn't trespassing, and they were legally allowed to be in the area they were in when the bite occurred, the pet owner will hold liability. If the person bit did provoke the dog, and they were also trespassing, they will hold more of the liability for the accident.
So what should you take from these dog bite laws? If you weren't trespassing, weren't taunting the dog, and had no reason for the dog to attack you, you won't be held to any liability for the attack. 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.
What do I do after I've been bitten by a dog?
Dogs use their mouths as their hands. They will eat just about anything that's on the ground, and this can mean that their mouths can be dirty and filled with dangerous bacteria. In the event that you've been bitten by a dog and you have puncture wounds, what should you do? What steps should you take immediately following a dog bite?
You need to quickly decide whether you can perform first aid on your injuries, or whether you injuries are too severe and need to be immediately seen to by a medical professional. If you can't perform first aid on your wounds, go to the hospital immediately. Call 911. They will be able to help you.
If you can tend to your wounds, what steps should you take? There are a few steps that you can immediately take to treat a dog bite wound so that doesn't get worse or get infected.
- First - Applying pressure to the wound will cause it to bleed, but it will also cause any dirt or any other foreign debris to be pushed out of the wound. You need to get any foreign material out of the wound before you treat it further.
- Second - Soap and water can be used to get the wound to a treatable stage. If there is any dirt or saliva or other things around the wound, clean those off as well.
- Third - Take a clean cloth and place it over the wound to stop the bleeding.
- Fourth - If you have any antibiotics, apply them now. It may sting to apply the antibiotic, however, if you don't do it the chances of infection growing in the wound will be high.
- Fifth - The wound now needs to be wrapped so that it can stay clean. With the bleeding under control and the wound sterilized, now is the time to see your doctor to determine how severe the bite is.
- Sixth - Your doctor will now look and the wound and determine it's severity. They will let you know if further medical treatment is needed.
- Seventh - Make sure to watch your wound in the follow weeks. If it gets worse, go back for further medical care.
Here are a few of the most common bacterial infections that occur with dog bites:
- Staph Infection - Staph infections are common in dog bites if the wound isn't properly cleaned and taken care of.
- Pasteurella multocida - This dog bite infection can lead to skin necrosis, and other serious health issues such as meningitis, otitis, pyogenic arthritis, brain abscess and more.
- Capnocytophaga - You can get a Capnocytophaga Infection from a dog bite. These infections are serious, and can cause heart attacks, organ failure, gangrene and can even lead to the amputation of limbs.
Which Dog Breeds are most likely to bite?
Just like other types of animals, some dog breeds are more likely to bite than other dog breeds. Which breeds are known to be more aggressive? Here are a few answers to that question:
This article from the CDC gives a comprehensive breakdown of Dog Bite Related Fatalities, and which breeds were most responsible for those fatalities.
This link houses several different statistics regarding dog bite studies, dog bite fatalities, dog bite fatality citations, and more.
- Pit Bull
- German Shepherd
- Australian Shepherd
- Lhasa Apso
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Cocker Spaniel
- Bull Terrier
Dog Bite Lawyer Kirkwood, MO - We can Help
When a dog bites someone, or viciously attacks someone, it's because of negligence. If the pet owner took the time to properly care for the dog, chances are that you would not have been bitten or attacked by the animal. This is the deciding factor. When someone allows a negligent act to happen, they can and should be held liable for that action. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Kirkwood have taken on dog bite lawsuits before and can ensure that you're given the quality care and legal advice that you deserve. Our Dog Bite Lawyers will take your claim seriously, and we're more than willing to take your dog attacks lawsuit to court to make sure you get the respect you deserve. To learn more about our Firm, our practices, or how we can help you with your claim, call our team at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We don't charge any fees for our consultations, and we never ask for any attorneys fees unless we win your dog bite lawsuit.