Dog Bite Lawyer in Independence
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Who is liable in a dog bite incident? How does Missouri’s “strict liability” rule come in? Wrabec Law, P.C. advocates for injured individuals throughout Independence, Missouri and the surrounding areas. We have 32 years of combined professional experience, including 17 years of trial work. Dog bite accidents are generally straightforward to handle, as the owner of the dog is almost always liable. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of Missouri law and the interests of the community, so you can trust that we will craft a lawsuit for you that accurately meets your needs and goals.
Strict Liability in Dog Bite Cases
To retain damages for a dog bite injury, the injured party must prove the dog owner’s liability for the incident. This is fairly straightforward in dog bite cases, as Missouri law establishes that a dog owner is liable for the injuries their dog inflicts if:
- the injured individual did not provoke the dog;
- the injury resulted directly from the dog bite;
- the injured individual was on public property or lawfully on private property.
While the above refers specifically to dog bites, other dog-related injuries and conduct (e.g., jumping on a person) can also result in civil claims. However, recovering damages for a dog-related injury that is not a dog bite will require the injured person who is suing (the plaintiff) to show the dog owner’s negligence, or their failure to use reasonable care that consequently led to the injuries.
Criminal Dog Bite Cases
In some situations, a dog bite or other dog-related case can result in criminal as well as civil penalties. For one, keeping a dangerous dog that has a history of biting other people or animals without provocation is a crime in Missouri. Keeping a dangerous dog is a Class B misdemeanor, and the offense may rise to a Class A misdemeanor if the bite results in serious injury or a Class E felony if a second attack causing serious injury occurs. If the dog causes the death of another person, the crime is a Class D felony.
Personal injury cases in Missouri follow comparative negligence rules, even in dog bite cases. While dog owners are strictly liable for the injuries, if the injured person is shown to have had any fault in the accident, the damages owed by the dog owner may be reduced by the percentage of the injured person’s fault.
The injured person can sue for civil remedies to be paid by the dog owner, who may also be criminally penalized by a fine of $1,000.
Do not hesitate to take legal action if you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite. Whether you seek to file an accident claim for damages or a wrongful death lawsuit, it is best to work with an experienced trial lawyer who knows their way around the civil court system. Our firm has been fighting for clients for decades, and we have a local knowledge of the law that can prove instrumental in strategizing your civil claim for compensation. From minor dog bites to serious bite injuries, Wrabec Law, P.C. can help you recover the monetary damages you are due.
Schedule a free consultation with Wrabec Law, P.C. online to discuss your case in more detail.
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