Owning a dog can be a delightful experience. After all, dogs are man's best friend, and having a dog is akin to having an additional member of the family. That being said, it takes a certain level of responsibility to properly train a dog, and sometimes, dog owners may fail to exercise this level of responsibility, causing their canine companions to bite and injure other people.
Even friendly dogs can be unpredictable if they get scared, stressed or provoked. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year. Nearly 20% of those victims require medical attention. If you get bitten by a dog, you are at high risk for contracting diseases from a dog such as rabies, tetanus, and other types of bacterial diseases.
What can you do if you are attacked by a neighbor's dog?
If you or one of your children have been attacked by a dog or other animal, talk to a lawyer from our firm right away. At Stovall & Associates, we have been handling all types of claims for clients for nearly 35 years. Unless you talk with an attorney, you won't know if you have a valid claim. You deserve full compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
Our experienced Las Vegas dog bite lawyers help victims recover compensation for losses such as:
- Medical bills for medical care,
- Reconstructive surgery,
- Lost Wages
- Loss of limb
- Pain & Suffering
- Loss of spouses consortium and/or
- Damages and funeral expenses under Nevada wrongful death laws
In cases of particularly reckless or intentional behavior (such as siccing a vicious dog on someone), we can sometimes even help dog bite victims recover additional compensation.
Dog Bite Injuries Can Change Your Life
Dog bite injuries can happen on any part of the body and can seriously affect your life. Injuries may involve structures deep beneath the skin including muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels and permanent injuries and disfigurement can result. Because of the high risk for adverse results from a dog bite, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Although medical staff will not immediately know the extent of long-term injuries, there can be significant nerve damage that can affect you for the rest of your life. Some of the most serious types of dog bite injuries include:
- Permanent disfigurement and scarring, usually to the head, face or neck area
- Serious infections
- Nerve, tendon, tissue and bone damage
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Rabies infection
The dog bite injury attorneys at Stovall & Associates law firm have represented many clients who have been victimized by a serious dog bite. Not only are the results of the physical injury traumatic, but in many cases the victim has a fearful distrust of dogs following the attack. It makes them nervous and anxious to be anywhere near a dog, even if it's a small, gentle household pet.
These types of emotions are something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Seeking legal advice is always a wise and prudent thing to do whenever a person has been injured. Sometimes what seems to be a small and insignificant dog bite can cause lifelong disabilities.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY A DOG OWNED BY SOMEONE ELSE, OUR TEAM OF EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS WILL HELP YOU GET THE BEST POSSIBLE SETTLEMENT FOR YOUR CASE.
What should you do if you have been bitten by a dog:
1. Go to a safe place away from the dog that has bitten you to prevent further attack and injury and do not retaliate.
2. Seek medical attention, especially if a small child has been bitten by a dog.
3. Always watch for signs and symptoms of infection (pain, redness, warmth, swelling, and drainage of pus or fluid) before AND after seeking medical care, even if there are not large areas of damaged skin.
4. Gather information from the dog's owner, the dog's immunization status, but if this is not possible, hospital, animal control centers, or law enforcement personnel will help gather any required information.
5. Report the dog bite to hospital, animal control centers, and/ or law enforcement.
6. Take the names and phone numbers of any witnesses and immediately right an incident report and keep a copy.
How to get help for a child's Nevada dog bite injuries
Parents and legal guardians have the right to hire attorneys to represent the minor and enter into an out-of-court settlement when their minor child has been bitten by a dog in Nevada or take the case to trial.
It is important that you hire our dog bite lawyers because a settlement must be done correctly or it is not legally binding unless and until it has been approved by the district court in:
- The county in which the minor resides, or
- If the minor is not a resident of Nevada, in the county in which the dog bite occurred.3
If your child was bitten by a dog in Las Vegas, our lawyers can help your child get the care and compensation he or she needs.
For more information on settling a dog bite claim involving a child, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation.
What is the process for making a claim for dog bite injuries in Las Vegas?
Most successful Las Vegas dog injury claims settle out-of-court.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to make a more formal animal attack claim with an insurance company or by filing a lawsuit in a Clark County, Nevada court.
The steps you take prior to filing your claim or lawsuit are critical to your success in obtaining a favorable settlement or judgment in a Las Vegas dog bite case.
Let's take a closer look at the most important of these steps.
How to Document your dog bite injuries
It is critical to obtaining a settlement in a Nevada dog bite case that you document your injuries carefully.
Steps you can take include:
- Photographing your injuries as soon as possible;
- Keeping records of time lost for work if you need to recover compensation for lost wages in Nevada; and
- Notifying and filing a report with your city or county Health Officer or Animal Control Officer.
However, even if your city or country does not legally require reporting, it is a good idea to have a police report on record. This is true even if you do not know who owns the dog.
How to Discover who owns a dog that bit you in Las Vegas
If you don't know who owns the dog that bit you, your local animal control officer or a private investigator may be able to discover the information.
Our Nevada dog bite lawyers offer free consultations that can help you determine whether you have enough information so that our team of skilled investigators can track down the owner of the dog that bit you
The first step to recovering for dog bite damages is to contact the dog's owner.
While it is tempting to take this step yourself, especially if the owner is your friend, we cannot stress how important it is to consult with an experienced Nevada dog bite lawyer first. Our Las Vegas dog bite attorneys can help you decide whether and how to approach the dog's owner so that you do not lose the right to be compensated for your Nevada dog bite injury.
How to Make a dog bite insurance claim
If the dog's owner has liability insurance that covers dog bites, the next step is to get an insurance claim filed by one of our dog bite lawyers and then we will get an insurance adjuster assigned to the case. The good news is that when there is insurance in a Nevada dog bite case, you can usually rest assured that there will be money to pay your claim.
The bad news is that insurance adjusters are experts at delaying and finding ways to say “no.”
But our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers know all their tricks. Before we even contact insurance we will have everything we need to make a compelling claim for an out-of-court settlement.
How can a Las Vegas dog bite lawyer help me?
The dog bite injury attorneys at Stovall & Associates aw firm have represented many clients who have been victimized by a serious dog bites. Not only are the results of the physical injury traumatic. We can file a lawsuit to recover for dog bite injuries in Nevada if the case does not settle successfully. Just so you know, filing a lawsuit does not mean you cannot settle your Las Vegas dog bite claim out of court. Our attorneys keep working on settlements right up until a jury returns a verdict. You have two (2) years to file a lawsuit to recover damages for a dog bite in Nevada. The statute of limitations begins to run (“accrues”) when the dog bites you. If the statute of limitations expires and no lawsuit has been filed, you will lose your right to sue for damages arising from the dog bite or injury.
Call us today to speak to an experienced attorney that will be able to get you the compensation you need.
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