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Dog Bite Injuries

While dogs are considered “man’s best friend” they can still cause serious injuries if not properly maintained by their owners.  Owners are responsible for keeping their dog on a leash.  Especially if the owner knows that the dog may have violent tendencies.  Dog bite injuries can cause emotional trauma as well as physical trauma. Contact Halvorsen Klote to recover compensation for your dog bite injuries.

Liability for Dog Bite Injuries

In Missouri, owners of dogs can be held “strictly liable” if their dog attacks you (§273.036, RSMO.). The owner of a dog in Missouri is liable for the damages caused to the victim, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s or possessor’s knowledge of such viciousness, if:

  • The injury was the result of the dog bit;

  • The injured person was on public property or lawfully on private property; and

  • The injured person did not provoke the dog to bite.

In Illinois, owners of animals (not just dogs) can be held “strickly liable” if animal attacks and injures someone (510 ILCS 5/16). The owner of the the dog or other animal is liable to for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby, if:

  • A dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attacks, or injures any person;

  • Who is peaceably conducting himself in any place where he or she may lawfully be.

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Are Dog Bite Cases Covered by Howeowner’s Insurance?

Depending on the details of the case, the homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance of the dog owner will likely cover the dog bite attack. If a dog’s owner denies having coverage or is unwilling to provide the details of their homeowner’s policy, then the documents can be obtained by filing a lawsuit and serving discovery.

Typical Injuries Suffered in Dog Bite Attacks

Every dog attack causes different and specific injuries to that victim. Depending on the severity of the attack injuries can be minor to catastrophic. Some typical injuries from dog attacks are:

  • Bite marks

  • Puncture wounds

  • Fracture bones

  • Lacerations

  • Skin loss

  • Infections

  • Scars

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If you or a loved one have been injured in a dog attack, it is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. Call the St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Halvorsen Klote at 1-877-51-HKLAW (877-514-5529) for your free consultation.

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