St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis fight for the rights of dog bite victims in Missouri and Illinois
Dog Bite Lawyer in St. Louis. Although dogs are known as man’s best friend, they are also capable of seriously injuring and killing children and adults. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, or a family member has died in a serious dog attack, our St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers can help. Our lawyers can assess your case, determine liability in the accident, and develop a personalized plan to recover damages for your harm and losses. Christopher Dixon and the St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm aren’t afraid to push against the other party’s insurance company and demand the compensation that you deserve for your dog bite injuries, and are ready to offer support during this challenging time. If you are ready to discuss your right to reimbursement for your dog bite injuries, call 314-409-7060, 855-402-7274 (toll-free), or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today to schedule a free consultation with our Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis, MO.
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St. Louis Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
If you suffered a dog bite, and need help with your case, Christopher Dixon and the St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm are passionate about fighting for the rights of dog bite victims, and will do everything they can to recover full compensation for your case. Chris Dixon’s efforts have been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association with the status of “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” and earned a Lifetime Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
When you choose Chris Dixon and the St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers to represent your dog bite case, you can be confident that your case’s best interests are protected, and that our lawyers won’t give up until they recover a satisfactory settlement from the other party’s insurance company. If you are interested in more information on how our Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis can recover a high settlement for your dog bite injuries and losses, feel free to contact the Dixon Injury Firm today.
Missouri Dog Bite Statute
Missouri uses “strict liability” to determine who is liable for a victim’s damages in dog bite attacks. Strict liability means that a dog’s owner is liable for the animal’s actions if it bites or injures a person without provocation or trespassing on private property. Missouri’s Dog Bite Statute states:
“The owner or possessor of any dog that bites, without provocation, any person while such person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner or possessor of the dog, is strictly liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s or possessor’s knowledge of such viciousness. Owners and possessors of the dogs shall also be strictly liable for any damage to property or livestock proximately caused by their dogs. If it is determined that the party had fault in the incident, any damages owed by the owner or possessor of the biting dog shall be reduced by the same percentage that the damaged party’s fault contributed to the incident. The provisions of this section shall not apply to dogs killing or maiming sheep or other domestic animals under section 273.020.” (Section 273.036)
Dog Bite Injuries and Scarring | Dog Bite Attorney in St. Louis
Dog bite injuries are often severe, and tend to occur in vulnerable areas such as a person’s eyes, lips, cheeks, head, and neck, especially in children under the age of 9, the most common victims of dog bites. This is a serious concern because no matter what type of dog bite injury an adult or child suffers, the victim will still more than likely be left with permanent scarring. Facial scarring can cause victims to struggle with needless embarrassment and emotional distress from the accident; according to study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, scarring is often the precursor to physiological injury and adolescent ridicule.
If you suffer severe face, head, or body damage in a dog bite attack, it’s crucial to visit a plastic surgeon and discuss the possibility of scar revision surgery, or having the surgeon write a scar revision report. A scar revision report reduces the appearance of marks left behind from the accident and can limit the cost of the operation. If a child is injured in a dog bite attack, it’s essential to keep in mind that plastic surgeons typically wait until a child turns 18 before performing scar revision surgery.
For that reason, it’s crucial to avoid settling a child’s dog bite case until you have a scar revision report. Obtaining a scar revision report ensures that the victim has the funds necessary to undergo scar revision surgery once they turn 18. In addition to compensation for medical expenses, dog bite victims can recover reimbursement for lost wages and property damage caused in the accident, and receive compensation for any present or future emotional, mental, or physical distress caused by the dog bite attack.
Dog Bite Attacks and Dog Bite Settlements in St. Louis
In August of 2018, a 100-pound Pit Bull mauled a 9-year-old girl on a bicycle in St. Ann, MO. The dog then attacked an ice cream man who tried to rescue the girl. According to police, the Pit Bull had shown a propensity to be dangerous in the past but had never seriously injured anyone before. The parents of the little girl filed a suit against the dog’s owners for the child’s endangerment. The victim’s claim won, and the dog’s owners were charged with welfare of a child, animal creating a nuisance, and failure to register the dog with the city/breeding dogs within the city for commercial purposes, as well as being required to compensate the victim for present and future medical expenses and pain and suffering damages.
Similarly, in December of 2018, a 2-year-old child was seriously bitten by a dog in Normandy, MO, while visiting her grandmother’s house. The dog that caused the incident was a random dog that lunged at the toddler and her cousin, knocked them to the ground and bit the young girl’s face, causing an open wound on her cheek. While the child has since had plastic surgery for the injuries caused in the accident, according to authorities, the dog wasn’t immediately caught, and the dog’s owners weren’t immediately identified at the time of the accident.
St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers
If you are the victim of a dog bite attack, you need to hire a lawyer to represent your case. Dog bite injuries can be expensive and often cause physical, mental, and emotional harm. An experienced lawyer can help you gather evidence of the attack, file reports of the animal’s dangerous behavior, and bring a claim against the dog’s owner or keeper to recover compensation for your injuries and financial damages.
Christopher Dixon and the St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm specialize in dog bite claims and other areas of personal injury. Our goal at the Dixon Injury Firm is to recover the most compensation for present and future damages associated with dog bite attacks and offer support during this challenging time to victims and their family members. Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” Chris Dixon has the experience needed to produce the best results for your case and make sure that you are stress-free during the process of recovering compensation for your dog bite injuries.
For more information on how our Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis can fight for your rights and recover the most compensation for your harm and losses, call (314) 409-7060, 855-40-2724, or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today to schedule a free consultation and discuss the options available to your dog bite case in St. Louis.