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What do I do if I’ve been bitten by a neighbors dog?

Personal Injury Lawyer St. Louis


We see dogs everywhere. They make great pets and companions, and are always happy to see you, most of them at least. Sometimes pet owners don’t properly care for their animals, and when this happens, the animals can get stressed and aggressive. Maybe the dogs are caged too long during the day, maybe they aren’t given enough attention. Maybe, and this unfortunately happens, the dog is being abused and this is why the animal is aggressive. There are several dog-owner habits that can cause a dog to be aggressive, but there are also reasons that a dog will be naturally aggressive. If you were bit a neighbors dog, or a dog that got free from their leash or out of their yard, you may be wondering what options you have to get a recovery from the pet owner.

In this FAQ, we’re going to cover the options you have after you’ve been bitten by a dog. It’s important to remember that Missouri and Illinois do have laws covering dog bites, and that these laws can be used to guarantee you a recovery. If you have any questions about how dog bite cases work and you would rather speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case now, call or contact our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis now at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222.

Gary Burger

Gary Burger | Trial Attorney

Gary Burger is devoted to helping injury victims recover from devastating accidents in Missouri and Illinois. Gary practices all areas of personal injury law and has been successful in providing financial recovery while aiding in the protection of our clients' future.


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What do I do legally after I’ve been bitten by a dog?

If you’ve tried to talk with the owner about your medical bills, and they aren’t willing to cooperate or pay their fair share, you’re going to have to take other legal steps to make sure they are held accountable. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to begin and protect your dog bite claim:

  • Get your Medical Records – The medical records concerning the dog bite are going to be clear evidence that you were indeed bitten, and that the owner acted negligently in some capacity. These records are going to show how much the bite cost you, as well as any rehabilitation you may need because of the bite/attack. These amounts can be pursued against the dog owner.
  • Detail how the bite/attack happened – Your version of the events is important, so make sure that you write down and detail exactly what happened. Forgetting a critical piece of information can jeopardize your case by moving more of the fault for the accident to you. If the dog got of their leash and bit you, this needs to be stated. If the dog escaped out of their yard and attacked you, this needs to be clarified. If you were invited over to the property and the dog attacked you without any provocation, this needs to be detailed.
  • Contact A Lawyer – With your medical records and your version of the events now detailed, you can start a personal injury claim. These claims can be hard to take on by yourself, so it’s always advised that you get competent legal counsel to pursue your claim. Most Personal Injury Lawyers won’t require a fee from you unless they win your claim, so it won’t cost anything to start your lawsuit(this includes our firm!).

If you would rather speak directly with our team about your dog bite case, please don’t hesitate to call us at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We’ve taken on these claims before and we know how to make sure that you get 100% of the care and financial recovery you are owed. Remember, you didn’t ask to be bitten by a dog and you shouldn’t have to beg to get the care you deserve. You can get a recovery for your dog bite and the dog owner can be held liable for their actions.

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