St. Louis Dog Bite and Animal Attack Lawyer
When dogs attack, they can cause serious injuries. From puncture wounds to tears and lacerations, victims of dog bites can be looking at painful medical procedures costing thousands of dollars. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 5 million people every year are bitten by dogs. One in five of those bitten by dogs suffer bites serious enough to require medical attention. And it’s not just the wounds themselves that put people at risk. Infection can create a host of medical problems for someone who has been bitten by a dog, cat or another animal.
If you have been bitten by a dog or cat or another domesticated animal, seek medical attention right away. Having experienced how serious a bite from a seemingly innocent domesticated animal can be in our own family, we know first hand how important it is to get to a medical provider right away.
Missouri Dog Bite Laws
Missouri law has made dog owners strictly liable for injuries caused when their dogs bite. The relevant statute R.S.Mo 273.036. 1 says:
The owner or possessor of any dog that bites, without provocation, any person while such person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner or possessor of the dog, is strictly liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s or possessor’s knowledge of such viciousness. Owners and possessors of dogs shall also be strictly liable for any damage to property or livestock proximately caused by their dogs. If it is determined that the damaged party had fault in the incident, any damages owed by the owner or possessor of the biting
dog shall be reduced by the same percentage that the damaged party’s fault contributed to the incident. The provisions of this section shall not apply to dogs killing or maiming sheep or other domestic animals under section 273.020.
In plain language, strict liability simply means that the injured party is not required to prove that the owner of the dog was negligent or that negligence caused the dog to bite. Rather, under strict liability, if a dog bite occurs then the owner of the dog is automatically at fault. The only way the dog owner may be found not liable for the dog bite injuries is if he can show that the injured party “had fault in the incident”. If it can be shown that the injured party had some fault in the dog biting, then a jury makes the . decision on what percentage at fault the dog owner was and the percentage of fault of the injured individual.
How the Terry Law Firm Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured after having been bitten by a domesticated dog or cat that doesn’t belong to you, you should consider seeking legal advice to get advice on your rights and discuss your legal options. Not only do we know the law in this area, we have represented people in the past who have suffered serious injuries as a result of dog bites. Further, David Terry’s own family has experienced the serious medical consequences associated with an animal bite. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office at (314) 878-9797.
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