Nevada Dog Bite Attorneys
Dogs may be man’s loyal best friend, but they’re not always everyone’s best friend. Unexpected dog bites or attacks can leave a victim with severe injuries and infections. According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 4.7 million dog bites occur each year. 800,000 of those bites require medical care and intervention.
The strength and power of these animals can result in severe injuries that may require expensive medical treatment. The physical scars from an attack may fade, but the trauma of being attacked by man’s best friend can leave deep mental scars and trauma.
The Insurance Information Institute estimates that in 2014 the insurance industry paid out more than $530 million in dog bite-related insurance claims. That may sound like a staggering amount of money, but does an insurance company always have your best interests at heart, or would they rather settle a claim quickly and quietly?
The hard-working and compassionate dog bite lawyers with The Bourassa Law Group understand the pain and confusion that you may be going through following a dog attack. A dog bite can be a traumatic and painful event that you want to move past, not continue to relive.
But not only are you facing medical bills from the dog bite, but you may be losing time from work, which means lost income, and you may be experiencing emotional trauma that affects you physically and mentally, making it hard to do anything without feeling fear or anxiety. You should be compensated for all of these things that you’re suddenly dealing with through no fault of your own.
The Bourassa Law Group can help you recover the damages you are entitled to from your dog bite. Call us today at (702) 851-2180 for a free consultation about your case, so we can get to work on making your life whole again.
Types of Injuries that Result from a Dog Bite
Every dog has the ability and capacity to bite and attack humans. A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that between 1979 and 1998 over 25 different dog breeds have been responsible for fatal human attacks. Dogs are still animals with at times, unpredictable behavior. The dogs that tend to have higher instances of biting include the following:
- Pit Bull
- German Shepherd
- Australian Shepherd
- Lhasa Apso
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Cocker Spaniel
- Bull Terrier
The size and strength of the dog can have a significant impact on the types of injuries that a victim may sustain during an attack or bite. This is a list of some of the more common injuries that may result from a dog bite:
- Puncture wounds
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Crushes or broken bones
- Head injuries
- Infections including Pasteurella, MRSA, Tetanus, and other bacterial infections
- Emotional trauma
Nevada Laws on Dog Bites
Nevada is not like other states in that it does not have a statewide “dog bite statute” in place. This lack of a strict liability statute doesn’t mean that a dog bite victim can’t recover compensation for an attack, but it does make things a little more complicated.
In Nevada, a victim may be able to recover compensation for a dog bite on the grounds of proving negligence. Legal action can be pursued under the following circumstances:
- The dog has previously bitten someone under Nevada’s “one bite” rule
- The dog is classified as a “dangerous” or “vicious” animal
- The owner can be proven negligent
- The owner is in violation of municipal statutes on dog ownership also known as “negligence per se”
If you don’t have legal representation, it is virtually impossible to recover compensation in a state like Nevada, which doesn’t have a dog bite statute. The Bourassa Law Group understands what it takes to navigate the legal framework in Nevada and work with clients to get the compensation they deserve after a dog bite or dog attack. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources it takes to investigate a dog attack and determine if the dog’s owner can be held liable for your injuries.
Preventing Severe Dog Bites and Attacks
There are a number of simple steps that you can take to help prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a dog bite. It is always good advice to be cautious around strange animals and dogs you don’t know or aren’t familiar with. You don’t know the circumstances of that dog’s upbringing, if it has been abused, has an aggressive attitude, or is skittish around new and unfamiliar people.
These are a few do’s and don’ts to follow when it comes to interacting with dogs.
- Don’t approach or pet an unfamiliar dog
- Don’t run away from a dog or panic
- Don’t interrupt a dog when it is eating or drinking, don’t try to take its food away even as play
- Don’t encourage dogs to play aggressively with toys
- Don’t let small children touch or pet dogs without supervision
- Don’t put your face down into the dogs’ face
- Do ask permission before petting any dog you are unfamiliar with
- Do let someone know if a dog is behaving strangely
You don’t need to be fearful around dogs but you should always be mindful when approaching a new dog, or even a dog that you are familiar with but may not see on a daily basis. A dog that seems friendly on one visit could turn aggressive if it is feeling sick or injured. Here are a few signs to be aware of that could mean that a dog may react aggressively or negatively:
- Stiff or uncomfortable posture
- Raised fur on the head or neck
- Snarling or exposing teeth
It is important to remain calm and stay still if you are approached by an unfamiliar or aggressive dog. Do not panic or make loud noises or sudden movements. Avoid direct eye contact with the animal and in a firm and a deep voice say “no”. Try not to face the dog directly, that can appear as aggressive body posture and agitate the animal. If a dog knocks you over, try to curl yourself into a tight ball and protect your head and neck with your arms.
Recovering from a Dog Bite
If you have been bitten by a dog, especially one that is unfamiliar to you, it is very important to seek medical attention right away, even if the wound seems small. You don’t know whether the dog is up to date on all their vaccinations and dogs’ mouths can contain dangerous bacteria that can cause serious infections if not properly cleaned and treated right away. Make sure you clean the wound immediately and thoroughly with warm and soapy water and then get to a healthcare provider.
It is also important that you take the time to report the incident. There needs to be a record of dogs who repeatedly bite people. If you don’t report the incident, there is no clear record of the incident that could not only be used in your dog bite case, but could also be used by others if the dog is not restrained and continues to bite people.
It can be hard to think clearly in the event of an animal attack but there are some helpful guidelines to follow if you are ever the victim of a dog bite:
- Seek medical help immediately
- Take photos of your injuries
- Report the dog bite to police or an animal control agency
- Collect and keep all medical paperwork related to your injury
- Consult with an experienced attorney
While Nevada does not have a specific “dog bite statute” like other states, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney on the specifics of your injuries and the dog bite incident. You may be entitled to compensation and an experienced attorney can help advise you of your options.
Recovering from a serious dog bite can take time. The injuries caused by a dog bite can be severe and take time to heal properly.
Having a competent dog bite lawyer on your side may help give you the peace of mind you need to focus on your recovery and not the mounting medical bills and other economic and non-economic losses you’re experiencing.
Call Us Today
Being on the receiving end of a dog bite or dog attack can be physically and mentally traumatic. It can take time and patience to heal both the physical wounds and the mental scars that can impact your everyday life.
The Bourassa Law Group understands the pain you are experiencing. From the moment you pick up the phone and call us at (702) 851-2180, we will treat you with respect, compassion, and empathy. The circumstances of your case are unlike anyone else’s, which is why we personalize our legal services to meet your needs.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or attacks call our experienced legal team at (702) 851-2180. You have rights and may be entitled to compensation. It can be confusing navigating the Nevada legal system when it comes to dog bites and it can be intimidating trying to figure out where to begin.
You need to focus on your recovery, so let The Bourassa Law Group focus on the legal work of your dog bite case. We offer a free, no-risk consultation about your case, and we don’t get paid for any of our legal services until we win your case.
Contact us now at (702) 851-2180 and let our dedicated team fight for the fair compensation you are entitled to after your dog bite.