Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyers
When a vicious dog bites, our attorneys can help. Let us investigate your incident, protect your rights as a victim, and help you go up against a dog owner in pursuit of fair compensation. With our help, you could recover the costs of your medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, emotional anguish, lost wages, and property damages. Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP is here for you if a friend’s, family member’s, or stranger’s dog attacked you in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nevada Dog Bite Laws
Dog bite statutes can vary significantly from state to state. As the victim of a dog attack in Nevada, it’s important that you understand your rights and options according to the law. Nevada is in the minority of states in that it does not have a specific dog bite statute. Instead, the state courts will decide each case separately according to local ordinances and specific case laws. This makes the skill of the attorney you hire that much more important. A good Las Vegas dog bite lawyer can position your claim in its best light before a judge and jury. Contact Panish Shea & Boyle LLP for legal help, we offer free consultations.
Prior cases can set a precedent for how the courts might treat your own dog bite claim. Remember, however, that these “rules” are not set in stone. They are simply the way the Nevada courts decided to rule in those particular cases. The courts often fall back on one main case during dog attack claims: Harry v. Smith. This case set a precedent for negligence-based dog bite claims. In other words, an injured person must show that the dog’s owner failed to use reasonable care to prevent the bite and that this lack of care caused the injuries.
Establishing Liability in a Dog Bite Case
To establish a pet owner’s negligence and liability for your damages, you will need proof that he or she knew or reasonably should have known of the dog’s propensity for violence and failed to act to prevent an incident. You could potentially still prove negligence if the pet did not have a history of aggression if a “reasonable and prudent” dog owner still would have been able to prevent the attack. For example, if the pet owner did not have his/her dog on a leash or restrained by fencing, this could be proof of negligent control of the animal and could result in a premises liability claim.
Can a pet owner be held liable for a bite?
“Negligence per se” refers to the legal doctrine in which someone breaking a law is enough proof of that person’s negligence. Throughout Nevada, many local ordinances exist regarding the care and control of pets. In Clark County, for example, a law requires all owners to restrain pets to their property or on a leash at all times. Breaking this law, resulting in a bite, could qualify as negligence. Our Las Vegas dog bite attorneys can help you investigate a situation for proof of broken local dog laws, thus helping you prove the owner’s liability.
Prepare for the defense to try to discredit or disprove your Las Vegas dog bite case. Most defendants will hire attorneys to help them build stronger cases – especially if the fate of a dog is at stake following a serious attack. Even the playing field by retaining your own legal representative. A dog bite injury attorney from Panish Shea & Boyle LLP can help demonstrate to the jury just how traumatic and damaging the attack was for you or your loved one, as well as how the defendant could and should have prevented the incident.
Contact our Personal Injury Law Firm Today
Our attorneys can help you combat arguments of your comparative fault for the accident. We’ll work hard to present your claim in a way that brings your comparative fault below the cut-off point of 50% – keeping you eligible for financial recovery. A conversation with our attorneys can help you understand your rights after a Las Vegas dog attack incident. Contact us online or call (702) 560-5520 to discuss your injuries with an attorney.