Dog bite injuries are particularly devastating due to the lasting physical and psychological scarring that often results. Furthermore, dog bite victims are commonly innocent children who suffer disfiguring injuries and even death.
Fortunately, Nevada laws hold negligent owners of violent dogs liable for any injuries caused by their pet. Our Las Vegas dog bite lawyers have a comprehensive knowledge of local, city and state laws and statutes regarding dog bites and can help you recover fair compensation after an animal attack.
Nevada Dog Bite Laws
Although there are no state laws that specifically address dog bites, there are statutes regarding dangerous and vicious dogs, which allow owners to be held liable for injuries caused by an animal with one of these designations.
Nevada statute NRS 202.500 defines a dangerous dog as one who, without provocation, behaves so menacingly that a reasonable person would feel the need to defend themselves from harm on two separate occasions within 18 months. This includes situations in which the dog is off the owner’s premises or is not confined to a cage.
Nevada law makes owning a vicious dog a criminal offense. In Nevada, a vicious dog is considered one that kills or inflicts harm on a human being without being provoked. It also includes dogs that have already been declared dangerous and continue to behave in menacing ways.
Once an owner has received notification from law enforcement that their dog is considered vicious, it is a misdemeanor crime for the owner to keep the dog for more than seven days or to knowingly transfer ownership of the dog.
If a vicious dog attacks someone and causes serious injuries, the owner faces felony prosecution.
The one significant exception to these laws is that an owner cannot be held liable if the animal was provoked or if the victim was attempting to commit a crime and the dog acted to defend its owner.
Those who have been injured by a dog bite have the right to pursue legal recourse through a civil suit to seek compensation for physical and emotional damages. There is a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim for a dog bite, so it is important to contact our reputable Las Vegas dog bite lawyers as soon as possible to begin the legal process. The sooner you contact our offices, the sooner we can begin defending your legal rights.
How Our Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help
Dog owners have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe environment for those around their dog. When they fail in this duty by not properly restraining or supervising the animal, they can be held legally responsible for any injuries and damages that result from an attack.
Our Las Vegas dog bite lawyers will fully investigate the details of your claim to determine if the dog owner was negligent and if they can be held liable for your injuries. We will:
- Investigate the dog owner to determine if they were negligent in the handling of the dog
- Determine if there are any previous reports on the dog and if it has been classified as dangerous or vicious
- Gather evidence of your injuries through photos and medical records
- Analyze the police report from the incident
- Negotiate with the insurance company to ensure fair compensation
Because many dog bite attacks occur on someone else’s property, most cases are considered under premises liability law, which means a claim will be filed with the homeowners’ insurance company. However, every case is different, and an experienced dog bite lawyer will be able to determine what type of claim to file.
At Henness & Haight, we are committed to putting the best interests of our clients first, which means we will do everything we can to build a robust case that gets you the compensation you need to cover current and future medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, physical injuries, and more.
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With decades of experience handling all types of personal injury cases, including dog bites, our Las Vegas dog bite lawyers have seen firsthand the devastating effects these types of injuries and attacks can have on a victim.
At Henness & Haight, we understand the urgency of these matters and will work quickly and diligently to recover the full amount of compensation you need to successfully put your life back together after a tragic accident.
Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid unless you receive a successful verdict or settlement.