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Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Severe

One person’s best friend can be another’s worst enemy. The same can be said about dogs. A dog might be calm and friendly to their owner but unexpectedly bite another person. A dog bite can cause serious damage. Despite the rarity of rabies in domestic dogs in the United States, it is imperative to get any dog bite checked by a medical professional. Dog saliva can carry bacteria that may cause infection.

At the Carter Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys know how to handle dog bites. We can assess the situation and see how we can make the owner compensate you for the damages you suffered.

An Overview Of Dog Bite Liability

A dog bite can cause physical and mental problems that may require extensive treatment. Determining who should pay for the damages is a significant aspect of personal injury law. Here are some of the general factors that may influence liability:

  • The owner’s knowledge of the dog’s aggressiveness or tendency to bite
  • The victim provoked the dog
  • The victim was trespassing
  • Statutory liability laws

Our attorneys know the law, and we can use it to support your claim.

Dog Bite Laws In Omaha

Dog owners in Omaha are statutorily liable for damages inflicted by their dogs. They are legally responsible for any harm their dog causes to people unless the injured person was trespassing. The owner’s knowledge of the dog’s aggressiveness does not matter. However, the courts have previously decided that the dog bite statute does not apply if a dog causes harm through playful or mischievous behavior.

Dog Bite Laws In Iowa

Iowa also follows the “strict liability” principle whenever a dog bites another person. Therefore, the dog’s owner is almost always responsible for the damage their dog causes, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before. In cases where the person the dog bit or attacked was doing something unlawful, strict liability laws may not apply. For example, if the dog owner can prove that the injured person was trespassing or provoking the dog, the owner might not be liable.

Talk to our personal injury lawyers today to learn more about your dog bite claim. Call us now at 515-644-4871 or 402-979-8675. You can also directly message our firm online to schedule a free consultation.