St. Louis Dog Bite Attorneys
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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million
Americans are victims of dog bite attacks each year. Every day, over 1,000
people need emergency care to treat injuries related to dog bites. Missouri,
like many other states, has a law that makes dog owners liable if their
dogs cause injury. Missouri's law is called a "strict liability"
statute because it imposes liability without fault - that is, an injured
person does not have to prove that the dog showed any vicious propensities
or that the owner had knowledge of such viciousness.
If a person in St. Louis is on public property or lawfully on private property
and is bitten, the owner of the dog is liable. This liability also extends
to a person who is not the owner of the dog but who is in possession of
the dog when the dog bite occurs. For example, if the owner leaves his
dog with a friend while the owner is out of town, the friend can be held
liable for injuries from a dog bite that occurs while the dog is in the
Have you been injured by an animal? Contact the
St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Millikan Wright, LLC. Don’t suffer in silence- we can help! Our
firm has helped many people in the St. Louis area recover damages for
their dog bite injury.
Can I Pursue a Dog Bite Claim?
To successfully pursue a claim, the injured person will need to show that
the dog bite he or she suffered directly resulted in the injuries sustained.
While a dog bite can lead to serious physical injury, it can also lead
to emotional and psychological scarring. You may be able to recover compensation
for a number of economic and non-economic losses, including:
- Medical Bills
- Future Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
- Permanent Disability
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Permanent Scarring
- Wrongful Death
In Missouri, if it is determined that the injured person had fault in the
dog bite incident, any damages owed by the owner or possessor of the biting
dog will be reduced by the percentage that the injured person's fault
contributed to the incident. For example, if a jury found the owner liable
in a dog bite incident but placed 50% of the fault on the injured person,
the jury's award would be reduced by 50%.
Insurance companies routinely deny injury claims resulting from dog bites
on the basis that the injured person was at fault by either provoking
the dog or by claiming that the person should not have been in the area
where the dog bite occurred. Consequently, it is imperative that an injured
person consult with an attorney experienced in dog bite cases. The attorneys
at Millikan Wright, LLC have successfully pursued dog bite claims in the
past and can do the same for you.