Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyer

Las Vegas Dog Bite Attorney

Dogs are widely regarded as man’s best friend, and most Las Vegas-area residents and visitors are fortunate to only have consistently positive interactions with these popular pets. But, unfortunately, any dog can attack someone unexpectedly, sometimes with no provocation or warning of any kind. Even dogs with no history of aggression can suddenly attack, leaving a victim with potentially life-changing injuries.

Experienced Legal Representation for Victims of Dog Bites in Las Vegas

If you or a family member recently experienced a dog attack in the Las Vegas area, it is crucial to know your rights in this situation and the legal options available to you that may help you recover. An experienced Las Vegas dog bite attorney is an invaluable asset for this type of situation as they can assist the client in determining their optimal available path to recovering their damages.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton are a team of attorneys with years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims in Las Vegas, including those that arise in response to unexpected dog attacks. Our firm knows how traumatic and damaging these experiences can be and the legal challenges victims could face as they attempt to recover their losses. As a result, we can help you determine your most viable options for legal recourse against the owner of the dog that attacked you.

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Nevada Dog Bite Statutes

Unlike other states that enforce strict liability for dog owners whose pets harm others, the state does not enforce any statewide rules that specifically apply to dog bites. To succeed with a civil suit against the owner of the dog that attacked you, you must prove that the dog had a prior history of aggression and therefore a risk of causing harm of which the owner should have been aware. Alternatively, the victim of a dog attack can file a personal injury claim against the dog owner if they suffered severe or catastrophic injuries, and/or if Las Vegas Animal Control deems the dog to be unreasonably dangerous and/or vicious.

Some states have one-bite rules that essentially grant a dog owner one chance to address their dog’s aggression. After one bite, the dog is classified as dangerous, and the owner is strictly liable for any and all damages the dog causes to others at any point in the future. Nevada may seem to have a de facto one-bite rule, but this isn’t necessarily true. You can succeed with your dog bite claim against the owner of the dog that attacked you if you can prove the following:

  • The dog has previously bitten someone else, satisfying the typical conditions of the one-bite rule. Once a dog has bitten someone, it is legally classified as dangerous and the owner must take appropriate precautions to prevent it from harming anyone else. Failure to do so can lead to full liability for any and all resulting damages and a misdemeanor charge.
  • The dog has been deemed dangerous or vicious by Las Vegas Animal Control. Once a dog has been declared dangerous or vicious it is illegal to keep the dog, and it must be surrendered to Animal Control. Keeping a dangerous dog is a misdemeanor offense in Nevada, and if the dangerous dog later causes severe bodily injury or death, the owner faces a category D felony charge.
  • The owner of the dog was negligent in a manner that enabled the attack to happen. Negligence per se can also apply depending on the specific nature of the incident in question, such as a failure to follow a municipal statute pertaining to dog ownership. This may include allowing a dog off its leash in an inappropriate area, failing to properly contain the dog on the owner’s property.

At minimum, if another person’s dog attacks you, you have the right to seek compensation for your resulting medical expenses. However, if the one-bite rule does not apply and the dog causes severe physical injuries, you have the right to seek compensatory damages to reflect the full scope of the losses you suffered.

Injuries Possible From Dog Attacks

When most people think of dog attacks they immediately imagine bites. While it’s true that a dog bite can be incredibly painful and damaging, it is also possible for a dog to inflict other injuries on the victim aside from bites. A large dog is easily capable of knocking a victim to the ground, causing broken bones or traumatic brain injury. Dog bites can result in puncture wounds, crushing injuries, and severe bleeding. If the dog bites and thrashes, it can cause tremendous injury to the area around the bite, rending flesh and causing traumatic bleeding.

Dogs are also capable of carrying diseases that may be transmitted to humans through bites. Ultimately, any dog attack can potentially result in both immediate and long-term harm to the victim, potentially including permanent damage. Some dog attack injuries will heal with time and appropriate medical care, but it’s possible for nerve damage and other chronic or permanent harm to result from the attack. Additionally, the experience itself would be highly traumatic for the victim, and they would likely experience a host of psychological effects as well.

Compensation for a Dog Bite Claim in Las Vegas

Once your Las Vegas dog bite attorney has helped you gather the evidence needed to establish the dog owner’s liability for your damages, you can proceed with filing your personal injury suit against the dog owner in question. Damages available in most Las Vegas personal injury cases typically include:

  • Medical expenses, including the cost of any and all medical care the victim requires to fully heal from their injuries. If your dog attack resulted in severe injuries, the defendant is liable for your long-term treatment costs as well, such as rehabilitative care, multiple surgeries, and mental health treatment.
  • Lost income. If your injuries are severe enough to prevent you from working for an extended time, the defendant is liable for the income you are unable to earn during this time.
  • Property losses. If the dog attack also resulted in the loss of any personal property, the defendant is liable for all associated repair or replacement costs.
  • Pain and suffering. State law allows the victim of a personal injury to seek compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress they experienced because of the defendant’s negligence or misconduct. There is no limit on this aspect of recovery in a dog attack claim, so your Las Vegas dog bite attorney will help you determine a suitable figure to reflect the severity of your experience.

Once you have the right legal team handling your case, they could reveal channels of compensation that you did not know were available to you, enhancing the total potential value of your case significantly. However, it is vital to understand that if you bear any partial fault for causing the incident this could negate your ability to hold the dog owner accountable for your damages. For example, if you provoked the attack in any way or forced the dog to act in self-defense or in defense of its owner, it would nullify your ability to seek damages from the dog owner.

What to Expect From Your Las Vegas Dog Bite Attorney

When you choose Easton & Easton to represent you in a dog bite injury case, our team will do everything we can to not only maximize the compensation you obtain from the defendant, but also to streamline the recovery process and help you obtain compensation as swiftly as possible. Once you secure our firm’s representation we will immediately set to work gathering the evidence and testimony you need to firmly establish liability for your damages. We will then assist you in accurately calculating those damages to ensure the defendant is held fully accountable for the losses you suffered.

The majority of the personal injury claims filed in Las Vegas are settled, meaning the parties involved meet privately to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution to the claim. Settlement provides both the plaintiff and the defendant an opportunity to avoid the stress and expense of litigation, but it requires both parties to be willing to compromise. In the event that settlement is not possible for any reason, the case will need to be resolved through litigation. This is a lengthy process, typically taking several months to conclude. Additionally, neither party has any influence over the final outcome, as the judge will determine liability and the scope of damages the plaintiff is entitled to recover.

An experienced Las Vegas dog bite attorney is an invaluable asset no matter what your case entails. When you have legal counsel you can trust advising you, you are far more likely to reach the most satisfying possible results in your case. Easton & Easton will assist you in building a strong civil suit against the owner of the dog that attacked you, and we will prepare you for the full breadth of legal proceedings you must endure to secure the compensation you are rightfully owed.

Animal Attack Attorneys FAQs

Q: Is It Necessary to Hire a Las Vegas Dog Bite Attorney?

A: There may not be a law that requires you to hire an attorney for your impending dog bite injury claim, but having legal counsel you can trust will make recovery much easier. You will not only be more likely to succeed with your dog bite injury claim with your attorney’s assistance but also more likely to maximize your total recovery. In addition, you will not be forced to contend with your legal proceedings while simultaneously managing your medical needs when you have an experienced Las Vegas dog bite attorney representing you.

Q: How Much Compensation Can I Receive for a Dog Bite Injury?

A: The total amount of compensation you could feasibly secure from your personal injury case hinges on the severity of the damages you suffered. State law allows you to claim full repayment of all your financial losses resulting from the incident, but you also have the right to seek pain and suffering compensation from the defendant. There is no limit on pain and suffering damages for this type of personal injury claim under the law.

Q: What Happens if the Defendant Refuses to Settle My Dog Bite Injury Claim?

A: Most of the personal injury cases filed are resolved through private settlement negotiations, but if the defendant refuses to settle or if settlement fails for any other reason, the case will need to be resolved through litigation. If your personal injury case progresses to litigation, you will need an experienced Las Vegas dog bite attorney to help you approach your courtroom proceedings with peace of mind. Litigation can take much longer to resolve than settlement, sometimes several months to more than a year.

Q: What Happens When a Dog Attack Is Fatal?

A: In the event that a victim of a dog attack does not survive, their family would have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the dog’s owner. This type of civil suit is very similar to a personal injury claim but with a few key differences. While a personal injury case seeks compensation for the victim’s losses, a wrongful death claim aims to compensate the surviving family for the losses they incur as a result of the unexpected death. Your wrongful death attorney will be invaluable for the guidance and support they can provide in this type of case.

Q: How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Las Vegas Dog Bite Attorney?

A: The attorneys at Easton & Easton make legal representation affordable and accessible to those who need it most, regardless of the client’s personal financial situation. When our firm represents your case, you do not pay any legal fees up front, nor are you required to pay ongoing legal fees for the duration of your proceedings. Instead, you part with a percentage of your case award as your fee, but only if we win your case. If we cannot secure compensation on your behalf, you pay nothing, so there is no risk to hiring our firm as your legal counsel for a dog bite injury claim.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton provide compassionate and responsive legal support to victims of dog bites and other personal injuries throughout the Las Vegas area. Our firm has cultivated a strong professional reputation as a leading choice for personal injury representation in the area thanks to our client-focused method of handling these civil claims. If you are ready to explore your options for legal recourse in response to a dog attack, we are ready to assist you. Contact Easton & Easton today to schedule a consultation with a Las Vegas dog bite attorney.

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