The last thing you should ever have to worry about is getting bitten or attacked by someone else’s dog. Unfortunately, these incidents happen more often than people realize. At Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers, we know that many dog attack injuries happen due to the careless or negligent actions of a dog’s owner. If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog, our Las Vegas dog bite attorneys are ready to help secure the compensation you deserve.
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A dog bite or attack case can come complicated. In Nevada, dog bite laws can be confusing, and recovering compensation often depends on proving the dog owner’s negligence. To do this, your Las Vegas dog bite lawyer will work to gather evidence, including:
Your dog bite attorney will work with the dog owner (or their legal team and homeowner’s insurance company) to obtain a settlement that covers all of your injury-related expenses.
Nevada has strict rules regarding dog bite liability.
Under Nevada law, a dog owner can face liability for a lawsuit if:
Nevada does not have a dog bite statute, which means it is a “one bite” rule state.
This common-law rule is used to determine liability of a dog owner. It states that if a dog’s owner knew or had reason to believe that their dog may cause injury, they are liable for any injuries caused by their dog. Owners are not automatically responsible if their dog bites someone and has never done so before. Additionally, the injury from the dog does not have to be a bite, as it can be any type of injury caused by the animal. A dog owner may argue against this rule, if the injured victim can be shown to have provoked the dog or knowingly or voluntarily risked being bit.
It is a misdemeanor to willfully take a dog in public without a leash (Clark County Code 10.36.040). Additionally, there are state laws and local ordinances that specifically apply to the Strip. Dogs are completely prohibited between Sahara Avenue and Sunset Road between the hours of noon and 5 a.m.
The state of Nevada also has laws against dogs that are dangerous or vicious. A dog is considered “dangerous” after one bite against a person. The exact definition of a “dangerous dog” according to the state statute N. R. S. 202.500, is one that has behaved menacingly toward people, “Without provocation, on two separate occasions within 18 months,” and “to a degree that would lead a reasonable person to defend himself or herself against substantial bodily harm, when the dog was:
(1) Off the premises of its owner or keeper; or
(2) Not confined in a cage, pen or vehicle.”
Law enforcement may also choose to declare a dog as “dangerous,” “if it is used in the commission of a crime by its owner or keeper.” Las Vegas dog owners can keep a “dangerous” animal, however, certain safety precautions must be taken to avoid a misdemeanor. A dog is deemed “vicious” if it either continues to behave menacingly after having been classified as “dangerous,” or causes a person substantial bodily harm or death. It is illegal for an owner to keep or give away a “vicious” dog in Nevada.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by a dog bite or attack, you may need to seek legal assistance. The dog’s owners may be to blame, and you could be entitled to significant compensation, including:
Dog bites and attacks can cause severe injuries to a victim, including:
In many dog bite cases, dog bite victims in Las Vegas require extensive medical care to repair damage and restore appearance and functionality. These dog bite injuries can also lead to long-term emotional and psychological damage. In some cases, an animal attack can result in wrongful death and may allow families to pursue a wrongful death claim under Nevada law. Consider speaking with a wrongful death lawyer if you have lost a loved one due to an animal attack in Nevada.
There are approximately 4.5 million dog bites each year in the US. While many of these bites cause only minor injuries, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that one in every five people bitten requires medical attention.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, there are a few very important steps you should take:
At Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers, our Las Vegas dog bite attorneys are ready to help you with your dog bite claim in Clark County. You can contact our law firm for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at (702) 384-1414 or toll-free at 1 (800) 393-2350. We provide legal help to those who have suffered from an animal attack.