Las Vegas Dog Bite Attorney
Animal Bite Injury Lawyers serving Las Vegas, NV
Did you know that a dog bite can represent a public health risk? Despite the sense of security that owning a dog can provide, dog owners may be liable for the damage that their pets cause to anyone who comes onto their property, whether it’s delivery or repair personnel, law enforcement officers, or guests and their children. You shouldn’t let a single bite bring you to financial ruin or health complications. Get the help you need today by consulting a personal injury lawyer.
Understanding Dog Bites
NRS Chapter 202.500 defines a dog as “vicious” if 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.
Here are some statistics regarding dog bites, provided by the American Humane Association:
- 4.7 million dog bites occur in the US every year
- Around 800,000 bites require medical care
- 58% of all deaths from dog bites occurred on the dog owner’s property
- 50% of all dog bites involved children under the age of 12
- 70% of all fatal dog bites involved children under the age of 10
- Children are 3 times more likely than adults to get serious dog bite injuries
Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bites
1 How is a dog owner liable for a bite?
An owner can be held negligent if they failed to keep a dangerous dog on a chain or secure in a cage or pen while someone was on their property. Under Nevada law, owners may be liable for any injury done by their dog if they’re aware of the dog’s dangerous behaviour or knew of previous attacks.
2 What are the most common symptoms of a dog bite?
The most common issue from a dog bite is infection. Look for inflammation of the skin around the wound, along with continual pain and swelling. In the worst case scenario, the bite can cause an outbreak of rabies and lead to death (often for small children).
3 What should I do if I get bitten?
Once you’ve been bitten, the first thing to do is to cover the injury with a clean towel and keep the wounded part of the body elevated to prevent blood loss. Then you’ll need to clean the bite carefully with plenty of soap and water. Next, cover the wound with a sterile bandage and apply antibiotic ointment to prevent an infection. If you feel that the wound is severe, seek medical attention immediately.
How Our Dog Bite Injury Attorney can get you Compensation
At Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith, we make it our goal to treat every client with the utmost compassion and understanding. That care and attention we put into each case goes into giving you the highest level of representation in court. We take the matter of dog bites seriously and hope to give each a client our full attention and support for the duration of their case.
Get a Free Legal Consultation Today
If you’ve become the victim of a dog bite, you could find yourself struggling with huge medical bills, as well as a loss of wages. Seek the help and compensation you need today. The law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith is here to help. We offer a free initial consultation for anyone who’s in need of our representation. We’ll visit you directly if you’re unable to leave your home or the hospital. Contact our dog bite lawyer online or call us at 702-228-2600.