Goldblatt Singer Knows Dog Bite Law
Dogs can be loving companions – but they can also be dangerous and vicious if they attack. When a dog owner has failed to properly train their pet or has allowed it to roam outside its enclosure, people of all ages are at risk.
Dog bite injuries can be severe, resulting in permanent scarring, serious infections, torn muscles and skin or even fatalities. Unfortunately, children are often the victims of serious dog bites because their height makes their head and neck more vulnerable to an attacking dog.
If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, the experienced dog bite lawyers at Goldblatt Singer may be able to help.
Understanding Dog Bite Law
Dog owners have a duty under state law to protect others from attack by dangerous dogs. In fact, each state has some version of a dog bite law.
The experienced attorneys at our firm can help you understand how the law applies to your specific situation, but here’s a few facts to keep in mind:
- No free bites. If you’ve heard of the “one bite rule,” “first bite rule” or “one free bite rule” you should know that they don’t exist in Missouri and Illinois. The law protects you even if it’s the first time a dog’s been vicious.
- No leash? No training? No fence? All problems. It’s a dog owner’s responsibility to keep their pet secured and under control – both on their own private property if you’re their invited guest and in public. Some cities go so far as to extend that responsibility with leash laws.
- Cat bite? Snake bite? Horse kick? Owners of other types of pets are also subject to liability. For more exotic animals, the standard is often strict liability.
- Bitten on the job? You could also have a worker’s compensation claim.
The clock is ticking.
“Statutes of limitations” put a limit on the length of time you have to take legal action. In other words, you may have a case, but if you wait too long, you won’t be able to recover any compensation.
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