Dog bites are any bite inflicted by a dog that causes harm to another animal or person. Successive bites are often differentiated and referred to as dog attacks, which can also include injuries from scratches and being knocked down by the dog. No matter the injury, dog bites and attacks often lead to complications like infections, PTSD, and can also result in temporary or permanent disability. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury in Kansas City or the surrounding area, request a free case evaluation from an attorney at Brown & Crouppen Law Firm.
Our personal injury attorneys have helped recover over $1 billion in compensation for our clients, including cases involving injuries from dog bites and attacks. Get help with your case from a dog bite attorney at Brown & Crouppen Law Firm by calling (816) 670-4701 or requesting a free case evaluation online. Our lawyers are licensed to practice dog bite cases in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas.
Why Choose Our Kansas City Dog Bite Lawyers at Brown & Crouppen?
Dog bites and attacks can cause long-term emotional trauma (PTSD), and result in serious injuries that can permanently change someone’s life.
- Our lawyers have recovered millions in compensation for dog bite injury victims since our firm’s founding in 1979.
- Our dog bite lawyers in Kansas City hold dog owners accountable for injuries.
- Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you win. There are no upfront legal fees or costs to hire a dog bite lawyer at Brown & Crouppen.
- With a team of over 250 legal professionals, our law firm has the resources needed to win your dog bite case, and provide ongoing support and communication.
If you or a loved one was involved in a dog attack, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for damages.
How Our Kansas City Lawyers Help Dog Bite Victims
The experienced Kansas City personal injury lawyers at Brown & Crouppen have a deep understanding of premises liability and common law. They know how to protect your rights after a dog bite attack in Kansas or Missouri. Our attorneys can help you build a strong case, and ultimately maximize compensation for your claim.
A dog bite claim can recover compensation for:
- All medical bills and expenses.
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of quality of life.
- Temporary or permanent disability.
- Property damage.
Upon choosing our law firm, a dog bite lawyer will help evaluate the events that occurred, communicate dog bite laws that apply to your case, and estimate the value of your case. Then they will help you file a strong claim and demand letter, communicate with insurance companies, and act in your best interests to ensure a successful dog bite claim.
If the dog owner’s insurance company is unwilling to provide a fair settlement, our trial lawyers are prepared to take your dog bite lawsuit to court in order to get results.
Legal Considerations For Dog Bite Claims
The Missouri dog bite statute
The Missouri dog bite statute (RsMo 273.036) states that the owner of any dog that bites is liable for damages suffered by the dog bite victim, regardless of the dog owner’s knowledge of the dog’s viciousness.
Additionally, the statute states that the dog owner is liable for any property damage or damage to livestock, and is subject to a fine under Missouri’s common law that may not exceed $1,000 (in addition to the payout of any damages).
Under Missouri law, there is no 1 free bite rule. In the event that a dog bite caused harm or injury, the dog owner or possessor may be held liable for damages.
Kansas dog bite laws
In Kansas, there is no dog bite statute. Instead, Kansas follows what’s known as the “one-bite rule”. This means that the dog owner must have had a reason to believe that their dog was prone to aggression or bite behavior in order to be considered liable. Similar to a standard personal injury claim, this means a lawyer must prove that the dog owner acted negligently.
What is the deadline for filing a dog bite lawsuit?
- Missouri: Individuals have 5 years from the date of the dog attack or bite to file a claim.
- Kansas: Dog bite victims have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim.
Even though the time limit for the statute of limitations may seem generous, it’s recommended to get started with your case as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of a successful claim. As time goes on, evidence may be lost. This includes testimonials, records, and legal documents needed to build a strong dog bite case.
What if my child has been attacked?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that nearly 4.7 million attacks related to dog bites happen each year, with many of these attacks involving children. If a dog has attacked your child, get help from Brown & Crouppen Law Firm. Our Kansas City dog bite attorneys have a long history of helping families pursue financial compensation and recovery.
What happens if I miss the statute of limitations deadline?
If you don’t file a claim before the statute of limitations deadline in either state, your dog bite claim is likely to be denied.
Request A Free Case Evaluation From A Kansas City Dog Bite Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from a dog bite or dog attack in Kansas City or surrounding areas in Missouri or Kansas, get help from Brown & Crouppen Law Firm. A dog bite lawyer will hold the dog owner accountable and help you recover compensation for your dog bite injuries.
Getting started with a dog bite case is easy. Get help from our legal team by calling us at (816) 670-4701 or requesting a free case evaluation online. We only get paid if you win.