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Can I Sure For A Minor Dog Bite?

By Gene Hou

June 3, 2024

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    Getting bitten by a dog, even if it’s a minor injury, can be a traumatic experience. If you’re wondering whether you can sue for a minor dog bite, this article will provide you with the necessary information to understand your options.


    Even if your dog bite injury was a small one, chances are that you’ve still been getting medical bills or had to take off work to get the proper care after you’ve been bit by a dog. You may be wondering if you could take your Missouri dog bite lawsuit in front of a judge and get a verdict or settlement in your favor.


    Having an experienced Missouri dog bite attorney to help you with your dog bite lawsuit is one of the smartest decisions you can make if you have been bit by a dog. The Missouri Injury Law Firm is ready to talk with you about your case and discuss the best course of action to take. Contact us today or give us a call at (636) 333-1717.


    Understanding Dog Bite Laws

    Before considering legal action, it’s important to understand the laws surrounding dog bites. Dog bite laws vary by jurisdiction, so it’s crucial to research the specific laws in your area. In general, dog owners are held responsible for the actions of their pets, and they can be held liable for any injuries caused by their dogs.

    When Can You Sue for a Minor Dog Bite?

    While the severity of the injury may be minor, you may still have grounds to sue for a dog bite. Here are some situations where you may be able to pursue legal action:

    • The dog has a history of aggression or previous bites.
    • The owner was negligent in controlling or restraining their dog.
    • The owner violated local leash laws or other regulations.
    • The owner failed to warn you about the dog’s aggressive tendencies.

    It’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney who specializes in dog bite cases to evaluate the specific circumstances of your case.


    Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries

    If you decide to pursue legal action for a minor dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:

    • Medical expenses: This includes the cost of medical treatment, medication, and any necessary follow-up care.
    • Lost wages: If the dog bite caused you to miss work, you may be able to recover lost wages.
    • Pain and suffering: Compensation may be awarded for the physical and emotional pain caused by the dog bite.
    • Scarring or disfigurement: If the dog bite resulted in permanent scarring or disfigurement, you may be entitled to additional compensation.

    Most Common Types Of Dog Bites

    When it comes to dog bites, there are several common scenarios that can lead to a potential lawsuit. Understanding these situations is crucial for anyone who owns a pet or may come into contact with dogs. One of the most minor types of dog bites occurs when a dog nips at you during play or excitement. While this may seem harmless, even minor bites can result in legal action if the owner is found liable for damages. Another common scenario is when a dog attacks another animal or person. In these cases, the victim may have grounds to sue for personal injury and medical expenses. 


    Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be able to collect compensation through negotiations or court proceedings. In any case involving a dog bite, victims should not suffer in silence. By taking legal action against the owner responsible for the attack, you can hold them accountable and receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Remember that every case is unique and will depend on various factors such as state laws, insurance coverage, and the extent of your injuries. Consulting with experienced attorneys specializing in personal injury cases will ensure that you navigate the legal process effectively and get the settlement you deserve after being bitten by a dog.


    Filing a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Missouri


    Here in Missouri, dog bite lawsuits have operated under the principle of strict liability since 2009. Previously, dog bite law in Missouri was based on the “one bite” principle, where dog owners had to prove that their dog had a history of aggressive behavior if they were sued for a dog bite. This made it tough for dog bite victims to win a lawsuit, since they had to show evidence that the dog was vicious in order to get compensated for their medical bills. But with the law change, the burden of proof is not only changed from victim to owner, it is much lower–no matter whether a dog has shown any signs of aggression before, its owner is held liable unless they can prove that the dog was provoked.


    Will My Dog Bite Lawsuit Go To Trial?


    If your dog bite injury was a minor one, chances are your dog bite lawsuit will not see the inside of a courtroom. Studies have shown that the vast majority of dog bite lawsuits are settled between the two parties and their insurance companies. This is primarily because most homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies include coverage if the policy holder is either bit by a pet or is the owner of a pet who causes injury to another. Dog bites are covered under the “personal liability” section of these insurance plans, so it is best to review this section of your insurance for further details.


    Even though insurance may cover most or all of your medical bills, you could still end up going to court due to other reasons. Maybe the facts of your dog bite lawsuit mean that it is likely you may be in line for punitive damages against the dog’s owner, or one or both insurance companies is not paying you the money you are entitled to. Every dog bite lawsuit is unique, and thus what works best for someone else may not be the best course of action for your dog bite lawsuit.


    Contact A Top St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyer


    Whether your dog bite lawsuit is settled or does go to trial, you should count on a St. Louis dog bite injury attorney to assist you every step of the way. Gene Hou of the Missouri Injury Law Firm has experience working for major insurance firms, and now is working for clients all around Missouri. He knows all about how insurance companies operate, all the tricks they use at trial, and thus can fight for the maximum recovery for your personal-injury case.


    Contact the Missouri Injury Law Firm or call us at (636) 333-1717 for a free review of your dog bite case today.

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    Gene Hou

    Gene S. Hou is an experienced and accomplished trial lawyer specializing in Personal Injury Litigation. Mr. Hou has devoted his entire legal career to handling injury cases, both for the prosecution and the defense. Having won numerous jury trials, Mr. Hou feels comfortable and confident when representing his clients in the courtroom.

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