Dog bites can cause severe injury: not only puncture wounds from the bite itself, but a high risk of infection, broken bones, and severe tissue damage beneath the injury itself. If you suffered serious injuries due to a dog bite in Las Vegas, Pacific West Injury Law can help you better understand your legal rights, including your right to compensation.
What Evidence Is Needed in a Las Vegas Dog Bite Case?
In Nevada, there is not a statewide dog bite statute. However, that does not mean that you do not deserve compensation for injuries suffered in a dog attack. In general, Nevada’s “one bite” principle gives dog owners and their dogs the first bite with relatively few consequences. Prior to that point, the dog owner is assumed to have had no knowledge that the dog could behave violently.
After the dog’s first bite, however, Nevada dog owners must assume that their dog poses a danger to others. After that point, they may bear substantial liability in a dog accident claim.
In order to establish that you have grounds for a personal injury claim, you may need to show evidence that:
- The dog had bitten in the past and the owner had reason to assume that the dog owner could bite again in the future
- You had the right to be in the location where you suffered a dog attack (for example, you were not sneaking onto the owner’s property or on the property illegally)
- You suffered serious injuries as a result of the bite.
You may also need to show evidence that a specific dog caused your injuries.
Dog Owner Liability
Nevada dog owners must take care to ensure that their dogs do not present a substantial hazard to others, including visitors to their property or others they may encounter while out in public. For a dog that has never bitten before, this may mean that the owner has to properly secure the dog according to local leash laws and ordinances.
For a dog that has bitten in the past, on the other hand, this may mean more significant restraints and warnings before visitors enter the property. Owners must also maintain the right licenses and vaccinations for their pets.
If a dog bites you, the owner may bear liability for the injuries you suffered and, therefore, for the medical costs you faced as a result of the bite, if:
- The dog is known to be vicious or dangerous
- The owner is negligent
Dog Bite Statute of Limitations in Nevada
In Nevada, you have two years after the attack to file a personal injury claim after a dog bite.
For a free legal consultation with a dog bite lawyer serving Las Vegas, call 702-602-HURT
How a Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyer Will Help You
A Las Vegas dog bite lawyer like the experienced attorneys at Pacific West Injury Law can offer a number of advantages to your dog bite claim.
Establishing Your Dog Bite Claim
An experienced dog bite attorney can help establish your grounds for a dog bite claim. In some cases, that may mean establishing that the dog’s owner knew about the dog’s violent or dangerous tendencies, but did nothing to subdue the dog.
In other cases, the attorney may need to establish clear evidence of negligence on the part of the dog owner, which may help you attain the compensation you deserve even if the dog did not have a history of biting in the past.
Collecting Damages for Your Injuries
Following a dog bite incident, you may have the right to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages if you could not work immediately after the attack
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress, related to the dog attack
Pacific West Injury Law can help you understand the compensation you deserve, based on the conditions of the dog attack and the dog’s history of violence. Often, a dog bite claim will fall under the owner’s homeowners insurance. Pacific West Injury Law can evaluate that policy and help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Settling Your Dog Bite Lawsuit
Most often, dog bite lawsuits settle out of court. Pacific West Injury Law can help you reach an agreement with the liable party and settle your dog bite claim.
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What You Can Do After a Dog Attack
Following a dog attack, the steps you take can help protect your finances and ensure that the dog’s owners face justice for their negligent actions, especially when it comes to failure to properly secure a dangerous animal.
1. Get Medical Attention
Always prioritize seeking medical attention after any type of serious accident, including a dog attack. Do not attempt to treat dog bite injuries at home on your own.
Dog bite injuries may require stitches. You may also want to have the bite cleaned at the hospital, since a dog’s mouth can introduce a high rate of infection. Seeking medical attention will also help create evidence of exactly when the dog attack occurred, which can make it easier for you to file a personal injury claim later.
2. Collect Evidence
If you can safely move around the scene of the accident, you may want to try to collect evidence before you head to the hospital. Consider snapping a photo of the dog that bit you or of any features of the scene that contributed to the accident: an open gate, a hole under the fence, or a missing collar, for example.
If the dog does have a collar and tags, you may want to snap a picture of the tags to serve as evidence of the dog’s owner and which dog caused the attack.
Call Pacific West Injury Law Today
If you faced a dog attack, the experienced lawyers at Pacific West Injury Law can help you understand your right to compensation and pursue evidence that can help you file your claim. Contact us today at (702) 602-4878 to schedule your free consultation.