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Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2016   |  by Gary Burger

Strict Liability for Dog Bites

In 2010 Missouri changed the law for dog bites and adopted 276.036 which is a state statute imposing strict liability on dog owners for dog bites.  If a dog bites a person on public property or on private property (when they’re an invitee) the dog owner is strictly liable for the damages to the person bitten.  We at Burger Law have long represented victims of dog bites and have obtained success in these areas.  See dog bite page.

The law used to be that it was required to show vicious propensities on the part of a dog before liability could accrue.  This statutory amendment 276.036.1 gets rid of that requirement and provides no vicious propensities need be shown on the part of the dog.  Owners are also strictly liable for dogs that damage property or injure other animals.  So if a dog attacks you, a family member or friend, call us and we can help get recovery for you.

An example cited on our dog bite page show that the real danger is a fear of dogs and scarring from dog attacks, in addition to the pain of the attack itself.