LAS VEGAS DOG BITE ATTORNEYS
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PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS & INTERESTS
People have dogs for many different reasons. Some like to have them to help with hunting and other outdoor activities. Others want a dog for a running or hiking companion. Some want to have one or more to help defend their homes. Still, others simply want a family companion that adds to their quality of life. No matter how varied the reason for owning a dog, Americans simply love man’s best friend. Dog owners also have a responsibility to keep their dogs from situations where they can harm others.
Unfortunately, that responsibility is not always met, and people are badly injured or even killed as a result of dog attacks with alarming regularity. According to current estimates, as many as 4 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year. Nearly 1 million of these people are injured badly enough that they need to report to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Sadly, the majority of people who are seriously injured in dog attacks are children under the age of 10 years old.
If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, a Las Vegas dog bite lawyer at Bernstein & Poisson can meet with you to discuss your legal rights and your options. You may be facing medical bills and an inability to work that can lead to serious financial problems. We can talk to you about pursuing a personal injury claim against the owner of the dog to cover these costs, and possibly more.
Our attorneys fight for fair compensation for such dog bite injuries as:
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones from being knocked over
- Crush injuries from the force of the bite
- Amputation of extremities (fingers, etc.)
- Scarring and disfigurement
Pit bulls, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Shar Peis and boxers are among the breeds most responsible for maiming or killing, but the fact is that any dog is capable of biting. The vast majority of dog bites are not fatal, but can be very painful and can result in loss of income, temporary or permanent loss of mobility and a great deal of pain and suffering.
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INSURANCE CLAIMS FOR DOG ATTACKS IN LAS VEGAS, NV
People who are bitten and injured by dogs often hear from insurance adjusters soon after the incident occurs. These insurance adjusters will call and express concern with the injuries that have been inflicted. That concern is likely genuine, but so is that insurance adjuster’s loyalty to his or her employer, which means that his or her job is to limit the amount of financial exposure faced by that insurance company. The insurance adjuster is not working for your best interests, and the quicker and cheaper that this type of matter is disposed of, the better it is for the insurance company.
This is not how things should be when a dog bite attack occurs, as these are terrifying incidents that often leave as many emotional and psychological scars as they do physical ones. Dog owners need to be held accountable for failing to properly secure and/or train and control their dogs, and Nevada personal injury laws exist to allow people who have been injured to prove that a dog owner was negligent. However, proving this negligence successfully is much easier said than done.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A DOG BITE?
Under Nevada law, dog owners are required to have control of their animals at all times. While Nevada does not have a strict liability standard for dog bites, individual cities or counties may create this standard by their own laws or regulations. Strict liability means that an owner is responsible even if the dog has never bitten before.
If an area does not have a strict liability standard, the owner may not be held responsible unless the dog has bitten once before. Therefore, if you are bitten by a dog it is important to establish the history of the dog’s behavior. Neighbors, friends, family members, and the police can be helpful in determining if there has been a history of biting or aggressive behavior with the dog.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF BITTEN BY A DOG?
The first thing to do when bitten by a dog is to seek immediate medical treatment, even if you do not believe the bite to be serious. Next, talk to a dog bite attorney. Bernstein & Poisson is ready to work with you to help you recover damages in your dog bite case.
FREE, NO-OBLIGATION DOG BITE CONSULTATION
The Las Vegas dog bite lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson have been helping people who were injured in attacks for over 30 years. We have seen the horrors that can be forced upon people who are bitten, seriously injured, and badly disfigured because of a dog’s ability to tear and shred with its large teeth and powerful jaws. Dogs are wonderful additions to most families, but everyone needs to understand that they are also animals that have instincts and physical capabilities that can lead to an enormous amount of harm if they are not properly controlled.