A dog attack can be disastrous for a victim. A dog bite can cause severe injuries such as lacerations, puncture wounds and degloving (the tearing away of skin). At The Janda Law Firm, we help dog attack survivors hold pet owners and other responsible parties accountable. If you have injuries or a loved one died in a dog attack, please contact the Henderson dog bite injury attorneys at The Janda Law Firm for a free consultation. Someone may owe you compensation.
Recovering from a dog attack can take weeks or months of medical care and psychological therapy. You might have permanent scars or disfigurement and significant emotional distress. Serious injuries deserve attention from an attorney. With a lawyer’s assistance, you can stand up for your rights and fight for fair compensation for serious injuries. A Henderson personal injury lawyer can handle many tasks during your claim.
A lawyer can discuss your needs with you in detail, help you find hope for the future and take care of the legal legwork of your case while you focus on physical and psychological healing. A lawyer can also argue for maximum compensation for your injuries from a defendant or insurance company for you.
Nevada has no dog bite statute. Instead, victims may be able to recover compensation for their losses under several legal doctrines. In general, Nevada is a one-bite state. The one-bite rule states that if a dog previously bit a person or acted aggressively, the owner reasonably should know of its vicious propensities and take steps to prevent further attacks. If the owner does not meet these conditions, he or she could be liable for a second attack.
In some cases, you must have proof of the pet owner’s negligence to hold him or her responsible. Negligence is the lack of an ordinary degree of care under the circumstances. If the pet owner’s conduct did not match that of a prudent and reasonable person, the owner could be liable for damages. You or your lawyer would need to prove the existence of a duty of care, a breach of duty and causation to recover under the negligence doctrine.
Cases involving a pet owner breaking one of Nevada’s state or local animal control laws may use negligence per se. Negligence per se means the owner will be liable without any further proof of negligence necessary other than that of a broken law. If a dog owner let his or her dog unlawfully run at large at the time of your attack, for example, the fact that the owner broke the law may be all the proof you need to hold him or her financially accountable for your injuries.
At The Janda Law Firm, we are aware of the common tactics defense experts use during dog bite injury claims and how to counter them during settlement negotiations or in court. We may be able to help you fight for compensation after a harmful dog attack in Henderson, Nevada. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case in Clark County.