Dog Bite Lawyer Las Vegas
Man’s best friend can be a ferocious and destructive foe.
“I was mauled by a German shepherd when I was around 3 years old. It tore up a good part of my face and we were way out in the country so it took more than an hour to get to the hospital while my mom held a cold towel on the wound. The hospital had to bring in a plastic surgeon to do the procedure, and it took over a hundred stitches in my face. It was bad enough that the doctors thought I would appear disfigured and need further surgeries down the line."
It took months to heal and I was scared to death of dogs after that, but my story had a happy ending: I eventually got over my fear of dogs after a few years and actually love German shepherds now. Best of all, the surgeon did such a good job that I didn’t need any further surgery, so I was able to use the settlement money I received to pay for college.”
- Medical attention for injuries
- Compounding medical bills
- Communicating with your insurance company
- Work missed due to injuries
- Pain and emotional suffering
Dog Bite Attorney Near Me
Call Tingey Injury Law Firm today at (702) 333-0000 to open a dog bite case file and start the compensation process.
We have the experience and expertise to help guide you through dog bite issues. We will:
- Guide you through the legal process to eliminate your confusion or stress
- Investigate your case in depth and from all angles to ensure you receive the outcome you deserve
- Suggest medical providers so that you receive the appropriate care
- Represent you in communicating with insurance companies
- Determine if the dog owner has shown negligence
- Determine what compensation you are entitled to and maximize the award for your pain and suffering
- Assist you in seeking counseling or therapy for ongoing psychological trauma after the attack
Dog Bite Lawyer FAQs
Dog bites can cause serious personal injury. Tingey Injury Law Firm can help you understand your rights. Here are some dog bite lawyer FAQs.
What is negligence?
- In the case of a dog attack, negligence is where the dog owner failed to restrain their dog from presenting a danger to people. Negligence may include:
- inadequately fencing the dog’s living area and allowing it to trespass
- neglecting to muzzle an aggressive dog
- failing to use a leash in mandated areas
- failing to euthanize a dog who has a history of attacking people
- mistreating the dog by starving, beating or otherwise causing it distress
What determines negligence for a dog bite case?
- This is a complex area as there may be multiple parties involved in a dog bite case including dog owners, owners of other animals, property owners, parents of minor victims, etc.
- Our lawyers can meet with you, gather the details surrounding your case, determine if there was negligence on the part of the dog owner or caregiver, and let you know what damages you are entitled to.
How can I avoid dog bites?
- A Center For Disease Control (CDC) study reports there are 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. each year, and 800,000 of those result in a need for medical attention.
- Any dog can bite, even friendly ones. You should be aware of the dog’s body language and watch for threatening behaviors. If possible, avoid entering the dog’s territory, keep clear of any feeding areas and watch for protective dog parents around puppy litters.
- Avoid trespassing onto property where security dogs may patrol.
- If you are approached by an aggressive dog, do not talk to it or touch it, and do not make direct eye contact or show your teeth.
- Stay calm, keep your eyes on the dog and do not turn your back to it. Rather, you should start to back away slowly.
- Try to move to a place where there is a solid obstacle between the dog and you.
- If you are attacked by a dog, do not consider yourself at fault. Dog owners have a duty of care to prevent situations where their dog can present a threat to people.
What compensation am I entitled to?
- This depends upon the specific facts of your case – every incident is different.
- You need to speak with a lawyer to establish your entitlement to compensation. You may be rewarded for medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and/or pain and suffering.
What can I expect if I choose Tingey Injury Law Firm to help me with my dog bite injury?
- A case worker from our legal team will be assigned to you.
- You can expect to be treated with professional courtesy and genuine concern.
- You will receive regular and timely updates on the progress of your case.
- Our lawyers will continue to represent your interests until your case is properly settled.
How serious does the dog bite need to be to file a claim?
- All dog bites and attacks should be treated as serious.
- A dog who attacks a person once is likely to do so again, so it’s imperative to speak out.
- The pain from a dog bite may be both seen (physical) and unseen (emotional). Just because you don’t have physical scars doesn’t mean you don’t have a case.
- If in doubt, call Tingey Injury Law Firm, and we can advise you on whether or not to file a dog bite claim.
What type of insurance coverage protects against dog bites?
- This varies on a case by case basis.
- For private homes, dog bites are covered under most homeowner and renter insurance policies.
- For business and public premises, dog bites may be covered under public liability or general business insurance policies.
- Your health insurance may also provide some coverage.
- It is important to talk with a lawyer to establish what coverage is available and begin the claim process.
Isn’t my insurance company on my side?
- Your insurance company (and all insurance companies involved in your case for that matter) is trying to save as much money as they can.
- Your insurance company’s objective is to minimize liability and pay out as little compensation as possible.
- Your lawyer’s objective is to get you as much compensation as possible.
- Your lawyer is a trained negotiator. They know the ins and outs of dog bite law and are experienced at negotiating shrewdly and relentlessly to get you the damages that you are entitled to.
- Let your lawyer handle the insurance company so you can focus on healing from your injuries.
How long do I have to file a claim?
- In Nevada, you have two years from the time of the incident to file your personal injury claim.
- In general, you should always file a case and get the paperwork underway quickly while the details are still fresh in your mind.