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October 7, 2021 | Gary Burger

Do I have a dog bite case?

If you or a family member has been bit by another person'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. This post will cover the basics of dog bite cases to help you understand if you have a claim and guide you toward the next steps. Burger Law's Missoui and Illinois 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 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 Missouri or Illinois dog bite injury.

When do I have a dog bite claim?

Minor dog bite claims typically do not make it to court. 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 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 victim 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 United States. 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 Missouri's Adequate Control Law that enforces control of your dog in public or private places.

What a professional law firm will look for is A) if the dog was provoked, and B) where an attack happened.

Common Injuries from Dog Bite Attacks

Most dog bite victims are children. This can include broken bones from falling, infections, lacerations, puncture wounds, and other injuries. Burger Law highly encourages victims to seek medical attention immediately. This is important during the claims process. Even if injuries are minor, having documented expenses is important if you deserve compensation for the attack.

You may also consider special damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and others that do not have a direct financial consequence. This is a common outcome when a child is a victim.

Talk to a Dog Bite Injury Attorney

If you or a family member were bitten and injured by a dog, you may have a dog bite injury claim. Check with a lawyer or research online to learn more about dog bite cases or speak with a Missouri and Illinois dog bite lawyer today. The Burger Law firm offers complimentary case reviews for your injuries. Call us now at (314) 500-HURT to speak with an experienced dog bite injury lawyer today. We will review your case for free and fight to get you the complete recovery you deserve.