Dog Bite LawyerMaryland Heights, MO
Well-trained dogs should never bite or attack anyone. If you've been bitten, we can help.
Dogs may be man's best friend, but that doesn't always mean they are friendly. 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 a dog bites you, you have legal recourse to make the situation right. But what are your rights?
Burger Law is a Personal Injury Law Firm in Maryland Heights that will hold the dog owner accountable for their animals actions and make sure that you get the FULL recovery you deserve. Your case is going to require expertise and a dedicated dog bite lawyer in Maryland Heights to fight for you. Our team can guide you through your dog bite claim and make sure that you're given the care and financial recovery you deserve. 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 Maryland Heights - 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 clarifies that a person will be liable in a lawsuit for the percentage they are responsible for the accident.
For Illinois, Statute 510 ILCS 5/16 details liability in Dog Bite Lawsuits. Illinois's law is very similar to Missouri's. If the person had a legal right to be in the area they were in when they were bit, and they did not provoke the dog, the pet owner will be held fully liable. If the dog was provoked, and the person was in an area they weren't legally entitled to be in, the person bitten will be liable for a portion of the damages.
So what should you take from these dog bite laws? If you were somewhere you have legal right to be, 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 provoked the dog, or if you were trespassing and were attacked by the dog, you will hold liability on the attack. 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. Dogs really don't care about what they eat until it's too late, and this often means they eat nasty things that are full of dangerous bacteria. When you've been bitten by a dog, what steps should you take to make sure an infection doesn't grow?
You first have to determine whether you can tend to your injuries, or whether you are facing a medical emergency. 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 perform first-aid on your wounds, what should you do? 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 - Apply pressure to the wound to cause bleeding in an attempt to flush out any bacteria/dirt or debris that may be in the wound. You need to get any foreign material out of the wound before you treat it further.
- Second - Use soap and water to clean the wound thoroughly. 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 - Antibiotics should now be applied to the wound to make sure all foreign bacteria is destroyed. Touching the wound may sting, but it's important for you to take this step.
- Fifth - With the antibiotic applied, wrap the wound with a sterile bandage and with gauze if needed. You should now go see your doctor.
- Sixth - Your doctor will be able to make sure the wound is ok and not getting worse. If you need to take further medical action with the wound, your doctor will be able to tell you.
- 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. The question is, which dog breeds are most likely to bite ? 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 Maryland Heights, MO - We can Help
When a dog bites someone, or viciously attacks someone, it's because of negligence. If the dog owner was a responsible owner you wouldn't have been attacked by the dog. This fact absolutely matters. When someone allows a negligent act to happen, they can and should be held liable for that action. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Maryland Heights have fought dog bite lawsuits before, and we know how to make sure you get the FULL care and recovery 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.