A dog bite injury victim may experience severe emotional trauma, physical scarring or even death. The victim and their family should not have to suffer the financial burden that accompanies the dog attack.
If you were bit by a dog, you need legal representation in order to hold the dog owner accountable and maximize your compensation. Call Chionuma Law Firm, LLC today for a free case review, (816) 421-5544 or 800-923-8216 (toll free). We are passionate about obtaining justice for our clients.
A dog bite may result in serious infection, permanent scarring or permanent nerve damage. In addition to the physical injuries, a dog attack may cause debilitating emotional trauma.
Our dog bite injury attorneys will work to ensure that you receive compensation to cover lost wages, current medical expenses, future medical expenses (which may include plastic surgery to reduce scarring) and expenses for any psychological treatment.
If applicable, we will fight for punitive damages. This is money awarded over and above what is required to compensate a victim. Punitive damages is a means to punish the dog owner, especially in cases where the dog owner is aware that the dog is violent yet does not take steps to ensure the safety of others.
The state of Missouri enacted statutory strict liability on August 29, 2009, which imposes strict liability on dog owners for dog bites whether or not their dog has previously bitten.
Chapter 273 Dogs--Cats Section 273.036
1. The owner or possessor of any dog that bites, without provocation, any person while such person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner or possessor of the dog, is strictly liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's or possessor's knowledge of such viciousness. Owners and possessors of dogs shall also be strictly liable for any damage to property or livestock proximately caused by their dogs. If it is determined that the damaged party had fault in the incident, any damages owed by the owner or possessor of the biting dog shall be reduced by the same percentage that the damaged party's fault contributed to the incident. The provisions of this section shall not apply to dogs killing or maiming sheep or other domestic animals under section 273.020.
2. Any person who is held liable under the provisions of subsection 1 of this section shall pay a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars. The remedies provided by this section are in addition to and cumulative with any other remedy provided by statute or common law.
Chapter 322 Protection Against Rabies Section 322.145
The owner of an animal that bites or otherwise possibly transmitted rabies or any zoonotic disease shall be liable to an injured party for all damages done by the animal.
In any dog bite case, it is imperative to preserve evidence. Take pictures of the wounds (prior to treatment if possible), damaged clothing needs to be bagged without washing, make a list of witnesses and identify the dog / dog owner.
After filing the police report, do not discuss the dog bite case with anyone but your attorney. Anything said could ultimately be used against you.
Do not delay. Get experienced legal advice today by calling Chionuma Law Firm, LLC at (816) 421-5544 or 800-923-8216 (toll free). If we take your case, we will immediately start gathering and preserving evidence to build a compelling case against the dog owner.
Statistics vary nationwide, but the following breeds are routinely named in "most dangerous dogs" lists: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dalmatians, Boxers, Presa Canario, Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Bull Mastiff, Akita, Huskies and Malamutes.