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While most animals go through life without ever hurting someone, vicious dog or animal attacks lead to serious injuries. Some victims are scarred, needing extensive treatment, and often plastic surgery. Some experience fears and shock long after the attack. Still others, worst of all, die from their injuries.

The dog owner is responsible for the control and restraint of the animal.

Ignoring this responsibility is a risk to public safety. If you’ve been attacked while on public property or while legally on private property, the owner may be liable if:

  • The animal wasn’t properly secured on the owner’s premises.
  • The animal wasn’t on a leash.
  • The owner knew the animal was prone to violence.

Further, the owner can be held responsible for negligence if you can prove that the owner failed to exercise ordinary care in controlling the dog. This can include failure to warn of the dog’s dangerous traits, failing to restrain a dangerous dog or engaging in conduct likely to excite the dog. If this describes your experience, you should contact the experienced Las Vegas dog bite lawyers Ed Bernstein & Associates via our online request or call our office at (702) 979-4791.

SAFETY TIPS WHEN DEALING WITH DOGS THAT DON’T LIVE IN YOUR HOME:

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  • Teach children to always ask a dog’s owner for permission to pet a dog.
  • Respect a dog’s space. Don’t casually place your hands on a dog’s fence or other property. Dogs are territorial by nature and may feel threatened if they don’t know you.
  • Always act with extra caution around a mother dog and her puppies. She will be very protective of her babies.
  • If approached by a dog that has gotten off its leash, do not run away and yell or make loud noises. Stand still, with your arms crossed over your chest, avoiding eye contact with the dog.
  • When you feel that a dog may be approaching you intending to bite, toss an object away from you and away from the dog to distract its attention. Then confidently turn and walk away from the dog.
  • Remember that a sick or old dog may be more irritable than a younger animal. Approach these dogs with extra caution.

Are Some Dog Breeds More Dangerous Than Others?

First and foremost, it’s not just the breed that makes it dangerous – a dog’s upbringing and lifestyle can make an otherwise gentle dog turn vicious. In that sense, the answer is “no.”

But, some dog owners seek out specific dog breeds for their supposedly aggressive temperaments. Because certain breeds have been targeted by dog owners who encourage aggression, these breeds have become disproportionately represented in dog bite statistics and other sources of information. In that sense, the answer is “yes.”

Hurt by a Dangerous Dog? Our Dog Bite Attorneys Are Here to Help You

When you’ve been attacked by a dog, the frustrations don’t just end with your dog bite injuries. There are medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that accumulate quickly, leaving you to deal with extra stress that you just don’t need.

Our experienced attorneys understand how animal attacks can make life difficult. If you have a legal question or would like a free legal evaluation of your claim, fill out the online request or call our office at (702) 979-4791.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you sue for a dog bite?

Depending on how the attack occurred, you can file a lawsuit against the dog owner if you are bitten or injured in any way by this person's dog (including being knocked down). Call Edward M. Bernstein and Associates, experienced dog bite lawyers, for a free consultation to find out if you are eligible to receive compensation for your injury.

What is the average payout for a dog bite?

The average payout for dog bite settlements depends on your injuries, medical treatment, scarring and pain and suffering. Speaking with a dog bite attorney will help you determine how much compensation you may be eligible to receive.

Can you get compensation for a dog bite?

While many animals go through life without ever hurting someone, vicious dog or animal attacks lead to serious injuries that result in thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A dog bite lawyer can help you receive compensation for injuries from a homeowner through their homeowners insurance. If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog-related attack, call Edward M. Bernstein and Associates for a free consultation.

How long do dog bite settlements take?

The length of time necessary to settle a dog bite claim depends on how quickly you recover from your injuries. Once you are discharged by your doctor, we will gather all necessary evidence, including injury photos, medical bills and wage loss documents, and submit a settlement demand to the insurance company. If the insurance company does not make a fair offer, we will discuss filing a lawsuit to hold the dog owner responsible.

Who is liable in a dog attack?

The dog owner is responsible for the control and restraint of the animal. Ignoring this responsibility is a risk to public safety. If you've been attacked while on public property or while legally on private property, the owner may be liable if:

  • The animal wasn't properly secured on the owner's premises.
  • The animal wasn't on a leash.
  • The owner knew the animal was prone to violence.

Further, the owner can be held responsible for negligence if you can prove that the owner failed to exercise ordinary care in controlling the dog. This can include failure to warn of the dog's dangerous traits, failing to restrain a dangerous dog, or engaging in conduct likely to excite the dog.

Are Dog Bite Cases Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

The dog owner's homeowners insurance policy may provide you some protection under the liability provision of your standard policy. There may be exclusions of certain breeds depending on the insurance company.

Dog owners are usually liable if their dog bites or hurts someone, depending on the facts of the incident and relevant laws. The owner or their insurance company may have to compensate the victim for damages, including:
  • medical bills
  • pain and suffering
  • lost income
  • any property damage related to the incident, such as injuries to your pet or broken eyewear; and
  • punitive damages, depending on the owner's conduct
What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need for a Dog Bite?

When you've been attacked by a dog, the frustrations don't just end with your dog bite injuries. There are medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that accumulate quickly, leaving you to deal with extra stress that you just don't need.

When you've been attacked by a dog, the frustrations don't just end with your dog bite injuries. There are medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that accumulate quickly, leaving you to deal with extra stress that you just don't need. Contact an experienced lawyer at Ed Bernstein & Associates today! Our experienced dog bite attorneys understand how these incidents can make life difficult. If you have a legal question or would like a free legal evaluation of your claim, fill out the online request or call our office at (702) 996-3917.

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