Every year in the U.S., millions of people are bitten by dogs. Nearly 1 in 5 require medical attention, and children are especially vulnerable. Kids between the ages of 5 and 9 receive more dog bites than any other group. But adults are at risk, too. In fact, many dog bite injuries to adults happen on the job.
The medical expenses for treating dog bites can be very high. Injuries can include:
- facial injuries
- cuts, punctures, and abrasions
- bone fractures
- emotional distress
- psychological damage
Important Things to Know about Dog Bite Claims
- There is no such thing as the “one free bite rule” in either Missouri or Illinois. No matter what anybody else tells you, pets do not get “one free bite” before their owners are held responsible. This is true in both Missouri and Illinois.
- Pet owners must keep their animals properly secured and under control. If you were injured by somebody else’s pet on public property or while lawfully on private property, the owner may be held responsible.
- Leash laws matter. If the dog was unleashed and you were in a city with a leash law, there is usually a presumption that the owner was negligent.
- It isn’t just dogs. ALL pets must be under control. This includes cats, horses, reptiles, rodents, birds, and exotic pets.
- It isn’t just the dog owner. Other people, such as landlords, may also be responsible for injuries caused by an animal on their property.
- If you are bitten on the job, you may also have a workers’ compensation claim. Our dog bite attorneys can analyze whether your injuries should be compensated by the dog owner, property owner, and/or your employer.
- You don’t have forever. Time limits, called “statutes of limitations,” only give you a certain amount of time to pursue your case. If you wait too long, your case is over, forever.
The Insurance Company Is Not Your Friend
Dealing with insurance companies can be extremely frustrating. Remember, the insurance company has only one goal– to close your case by paying you as little as possible (or nothing at all.) They don’t always have your interests at heart. The insurance company already has an experienced lawyer; you should, too. Insurance company lawyers have years of knowledge and experience, investigators, and almost limitless resources. Who do you have?
Get the Care and Help You Deserve — Get the Brown & Crouppen Advantage
Unfortunately, dog bite injuries happen on properties throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois due to pet owner negligence. For more than 40 years, the law firm of Brown & Crouppen has been helping the victims of dog bite accidents get the justice they deserve. Your legal team will work hard to take care of you and to make this process easier. If you or a loved one has suffered a recent dog bite injury, we may be able to help.
It All Starts with a Free Case Evaluation from the Personal Injury Attorneys at Brown & Crouppen
Getting started is easy. You can call us at 800-536-4357 for a free consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form. And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
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