Zachary D. Clayton – Your Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas
If you are attacked by a dog, you will join the roughly 4.7 million people who suffer a dog bite each and every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public data indicates that more than 880,000 people who get bitten by a dog will require hospitalization for their bodily injuries. The American Humane Association compiled statistical data regarding dog bites:
- 58 percent of all deaths from dog bites occurred on the dog owner’s property
- 50 percent of all dog bites involved children under the age of 12
- 70 percent of all fatal dog bites involved children under the age of 10
- 7 million dog bites occur in the US every year
- Around 800,000 bites require medical care
- Children are 3 times more likely than adults to get serious dog bite injuries
If a dog bites you, then its owner should be held liable for your losses and harms.
The aggressive and skilled dog bite attorneys at LV Personal Injury Lawyers understand that animal owners are obligated to train their pets so that people around them comfortable. When pet owners neglect such a responsibility, it results in a civil liability claim. This happens after their pet injures a person.
Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Serving Las Vegas
The experienced and skilled dog bite injury attorneys with LV Personal Injury Lawyers meticulously go through the details of your personal injury claim to ask pertinent questions:
- Was the animal leashed?
- Did the owner have a fenced-in yard?
- Were you treated for injuries in a hospital?
We ask these questions to get a better sense of what happened and how we can utilize those facts to strengthen your potential personal injury claim.
Dog bites can result in permanent disfigurement, emotional trauma, and scarring. Much like automobile accident victims, you may develop PTSD, endure costly medical bills, or need to take time off from work to recover. All of these aspects are damages that could warrant restitution.
Important Proof Associated with the Bite
For a potential lawsuit to be evaluated, a dog bite attorney in Las Vegas must assess the attack’s nature, which includes offensive and defensive aggression and attack history.
A dog bite attorney in Las Vegas will determine if an attack involves shaking, numerous wounds on various areas of your body, or refusal by the animal to cease an attack. These behavioral issue examples could be of significance in your claim.
It’s also vital to establish if a dog was behaving defensively or offensively and whether it acted of its own accord or was provoked. An experienced animal attack lawyer in Nevada will review these facts as they put together a case for you. Our law firm will work with you and collect important evidence, such as police reports and eyewitness testimonies, in an effort to establish:
- How bad your emotional and bodily injuries are.
- The animal’s medical health.
- The accident’s location.
- The animal’s history.
It is possible that the defense may try to claim that you trespassed or provoked the animal in some way. We can help you show that you are not responsible for the attack and that if you were on the property, you were there as an invited guest or in the role of performing a job for the owner.
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Overview of Nevada Law
According to Nevada Revised Statute 202.500, a dog is considered “vicious” when it inflicts severe bodily harm without being provoked. This is different from calling a dog “dangerous,” which an owner is legally allowed to have for the purpose of protecting their home. A dangerous dog is allowed, for example, to attack someone in defense if provoked or someone who is committing a crime.
Making the Dog Owner Accountable for Your Losses and Harms
To make the owner of a dog accountable for the bite injuries you sustained, you must prove that negligence was exhibited by the owner of the pet. To prove negligence, the victim of a dog bite must show evidence that the owner did not any reasonable care to stop the injury, that it happened because of a lack of care, and that your damages (like lost wages, medical expenses, etc.) came about because of the injury.
A key aspect here is that Nevada law doesn’t force pet owners to have prior knowledge of a dog’s dangerous propensity. This is important to know when you are trying to secure monetary compensation by way of a civil action case.
When the owner of a pet violates laws such as these, and an individual sustains injuries as a result, the accountable party may be held accountable via “negligent per se.” As such, no further proof may be necessary in order to prove that an individual exhibited negligence, and is therefore responsible for injuries sustained. “Leash Laws” are one example of a law that was passed to help people feel safe from animals. If an individual is bitten by an off-leash dog, an owner could be “negligent per se.”
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim for Injuries Sustained from an Animal Attack?
If you want to hold someone accountable, you only have 24 months to do it. If you take too long, the deadline may pass, and you’ll lose your chance to file a claim. It is imperative that you don’t wait until the last minute to get in touch with a dog bite injury attorney in Las Vegas.
How come? A lot of work is necessary to prepare your case prior to filing a claim. Your personal injury representatives will preserve and gather evidence as soon as they can. They will also walk you through all the steps necessary for you to get the medical care you need and the compensation you qualify for.
Why You Should Hire LV Personal Injury Lawyers to Handle Your Dog Bite Case
Our law firm will seek financial damages on your behalf, which includes costs that come with medical treatment and care. After we have established what your long and short-term emotional and physical needs will be, we will put together a unique and aggressive strategy to hold negligent parties accountable for their reckless actions.
The biggest priority we will have is to ensure that you’ll get the medical assistance necessary so that you can recover from any injuries sustained. If medical care proves to be unaffordable for you, our law firm will help you locate a therapist, chiropractor, or physician who can provide treatment for your injuries that are in accordance with medical lien legalities in Nevada. All of this will be chronicled as your lawsuit is being developed for the sake of holding the accountable parties responsible.
Monetary Compensation for Victims of Dog Bites
Every case that LV Personal Injury Lawyers takes on warrants a proven approach to get damages that clients deserve out of a company or person liable. Monetary compensation for these losses and harms:
- Pain and suffering, which includes emotional and physical stress that comes with dog bites.
- Missing wages capacity, when injuries prevent clients from coming back to their jobs.
- Lost earnings, which includes future and current lost income resulting from your injuries.
- Medical care, which includes future and current medical debt, rehabilitation expenses, and prescription medication.
It May Be Possible to Request Punitive Damages
Clients do not receive punitive damages because of their losses or injuries. The purpose of these kinds of restitutions are to hold the wrongdoer responsible for outrageous actions and to make an example out of them so that others don’t exhibit the same behavior.
A number of direct factors, which includes intentional conduct, may result in punitive damages. Such factors necessitate convincing and clear legal evidence so that a jury can award damages to the victim. The unique specificities of your personal injury lawsuit will illustrate the kinds of damages that our legal firm will pursue for you as your representative.
What is My Dog Bite Injury Claim Worth?
One of the most common questions asked by clients is – what is my case worth? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut single answer to this question. The truth is that each and every case is different. In order to ascertain the value of your case, there needs to be a thorough investigation and analysis of multiple factors.
For example, there needs to be an investigation into the at-fault party’s insurance policy limits. Second, and more importantly, the nature and the extent of your bodily injuries need to be analyzed. Other considerations include any pre-existing history and medical records, your compliance with treating physicians, the insurance carrier for the at-fault pet owner, etc.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas?
It actually costs you nothing upfront to retain the services of a skilled and respected Las Vegas injury law firm. This is because, in most injury cases, an attorney will work on a contingency fee basis. This type of legal arrangement allows the injured party to hire an experienced lawyer without having to front the cost of legal fees.
In a contingency fee arrangement, a lawyer’s fees will be deducted from the final settlement in your case — or from the final verdict at trial. In addition, most Las Vegas personal injury lawyers will also deduct any expenses that were fronted by the attorney. The exact contingent fee percentage will typically vary based on the type of case and when it gets resolved.
Numerous Benefits Associated with Retaining a Skilled Las Vegas Dig Bite Injury Attorney
There is a myriad of benefits associated with retaining a specialty legal counsel. First and foremost, hiring an attorney allows you to focus on your recovery so you do not have to worry and stress about negotiating with the insurance company.
Next, when you retain the services of LV Personal Injury Lawyers, you will be represented by a team of dedicated, ethical and respected attorneys with deep roots in the Las Vegas community, along with a team of skilled investigators, paralegals, and legal assistants to make sure that your case gets the attention it deserves. From reviewing medical evidence to interviewing witnesses to negotiating with insurance adjusters — we will fight to get you the financial restitution you deserve when you need it.
Now is the Time for Action – Contact LV Personal Injury Lawyers
Now is the time to take action in order to get the compensation you are owed and to hold the negligent pet owner accountable. Contact our firm today. We will never charge an hourly fee for our services.
If you suffered a serious dog bite injury, the skilled and knowledgeable attorneys with LV Personal Injury Lawyers will be able to formulate a contingency fee agreement that is fair and ensures you are taken care of. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will also take as much time as necessary to get the financial restitution you are owed.
To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with Zachary D. Clayton, Esq., call us or contact us online.