Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyers
Serving Nevada Residents Since 1985
Dog bites can lead to severe injuries, including infectious diseases that require long-term treatment and costly medical care to heal. While anyone is at risk of getting bitten by a dog, children and elderly victims are substantially more likely to suffer severe or life-threatening injuries after bite or attack occurs.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in Las Vegas, our personal injury attorneys can help you pursue the financial recovery you deserve, even when the dog owner is a friend, family member, or stranger.
Contact Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith online or call (702) 505-8115 today to request a free consultation with our Las Vegas dog bite lawyers.
Dog Bite Statistics
With nearly 90 million dogs living in the United States, dog bites—whether from a stranger’s dog at a dog park or an attack from a dog you already know—are common throughout Las Vegas, Nevada, and the rest of the country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- About 4.7 million dog bites occur each year in the U.S.
- Around 800,000 dog bites require medical care
- 58% of all deaths from dog bites occurred on the dog owner’s property
- 50% of all dog bites involve children under the age of 12
- 70% of all fatal dog bites involved children under the age of 10
- Children are three times more likely than adults to get a serious dog bite injury
Can the Dog’s Owner Be Held Liable for a Bite?
To hold a dog owner liable for a dog bite, the injured victim must prove that the owner was negligent.
In order for your case to be successful, you must demonstrate the following:
- The dog owner failed to use reasonable care to prevent the injury
- The injury was caused by that lack of care
- The injury led to the injured victim’s damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses
Nevada law does not require the dog owner to know the dangerous propensity of the dog as a prerequisite to recovery. In other words, you can hold the owner liable even if the owner tries to argue that they had no idea the dog would be aggressive or bite.
What Evidence Is Important in Dog Bite Cases?
To evaluate a potential case, our Las Vegas dog bite lawyers must evaluate the nature of the attack. Each dog bite case is unique, and so are the circumstances of the event.
We might look at any of the following factors when pursuing your dog bite case:
- Were you a visitor inside a home or office when an unprovoked attack occurred?
- Did a dog owner negligently leave their door or gate open, which allowed the dog to attack passersby?
- Was the dog leashed or within a contained yard or area?
We will evaluate each detail of your case and create a custom legal solution based on your unique situation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim in Nevada?
In the state of Nevada, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit for damages against the negligent party. If you wait past that deadline, your case may not be heard. That being said, we recommend that you contact our Las Vegas dog bite attorneys immediately after the injury occurs so we can begin investigating your case, preserving evidence, and ensuring you get the medical care you need.
Contact Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith Today
If you have been bitten by a dog, contact our attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith today to schedule a free consultation. If you cannot come to our office to discuss your case, we will come to you. Call us now to learn more about how we can help you pursue action against the negligent dog owner or another liable party.
Give us a call at (702) 505-8115 or submit an online contact form today to get started.
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