Who is responsible for a dog bite? How many dog bites take place each year? What should I do if a dog bites me? How can I prevent dog bites? These are questions that millions of people have when they must deal with dog bite issues every year. At Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas, we work with you to handle dog bite cases and recover compensation to pay for your expenses and pain and suffering.
The Scope of the Problem
According to statistics from various sources, there are approximately 1,000 visits to emergency rooms each day for dog bites throughout the United States. While no studies have definitively proven that any breed is more dangerous than the other, a few breeds a responsible for the majority of serious dog bites. Pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, sharpeis and boxers are among the breeds most responsible for maiming or killing, but the fact is that any dog is capable of biting. The vast majority of dog bites are not fatal, but can be very painful and can result in loss of income, temporary or permanent loss of mobility and a great deal of pain and suffering.
The true problem with dog bites, however, is that so often the victim knows the owner of the dog and is unwilling to press for payment for these expenses or even report the dog bite. This is a compound problem because not only does the victim fail to collect damages but the dog is free to bite again, perhaps causing more damage the second time. A dog that has bitten once is much more likely to bite again than a dog that has never bitten.
Who Is Responsible for a Dog Bite?
Under Nevada law, dog owners are required to have control of their animals at all times. While Nevada does not have a strict liability standard for dog bites, individual cities or counties may create this standard by their own laws or regulations.
Strict liability means that an owner is responsible even if the dog has never bitten before. If an area does not have a strict liability standard, the owner may not be held responsible unless the dog has bitten once before. Therefore, if you are bitten by a dog it is important to establish the history of the dog’s behavior. Neighbors, friends, family members and the police can be helpful in determining if there has been a history of biting or aggressive behavior with the dog.
What Can I Recover In Damages?
Dog bite damages may include payment of medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. Contact Bernstein & Poisson on Las Vegas to learn more.