Gillette Dog Bite Attorney
Fighting for Victims of Dog Attacks
A dog attack, whether in the form of a bite or being knocked down by an aggressive or overly energetic animal, can be painful and traumatic. Although we often think of them as loveable pets, in reality, a dog can inflict major damage in a short amount of time. Dog owners assume responsibility for the actions of their animals and agree to control their pets as a part of ownership. When they fail to do so, it is important to hold them accountable for what their dogs do.
Victims of dog bites often require medical attention and treatment for their injuries, which is not only costly but can take weeks or months of recovery time. If you or a loved one has been attacked, in any form, contact the legal team at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., by dialing (307) 257-7800.
Injuries from Dog Attacks
Depending on the nature of a dog attack, different kinds of injuries can occur. Common injuries from dog bites include:
- Scrapes and bruises
- Serious lacerations
- Soft tissue damage
- Amputation of fingers
- Facial trauma
Dog attacks that include a large animal jumping up on a person can cause injuries such as:
- Scrapes, bruises, and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
The "One-Bite" Rule
In Wyoming, dog owners are only liable for attacks by their dogs if they have reason to believe that the dog might potentially be dangerous. If the dog has ever bitten anyone before, that "one bite" means the owner should always consider the dog dangerous and is liable for any future attacks.
Negligence and Dog Bites
Even if a dog has never attacked anyone before, the owner may still be held liable for a dog bite. If the dog's owner acted negligently in some way, and that negligence resulted in the dog attacking someone, the owner can be held liable in civil court. Proving this can be difficult, however, which is why you should always have an experienced Gillette personal injury attorney on your side in a dog-attack claim.
One way that negligence can result in a dog attack is a situation in which a dog owner should have his pet on a leash but fails to do so. In Gillette, for example, local law requires that dogs be on a leash at all times in McManamen Park. If someone is walking his or her dog in that park without a leash, and the dog attacks someone, the owner can be held liable.
Does the Victim Have Liability?
It is important to remember that Wyoming is a "comparative negligence" state, which means anything awarded in a civil suit is impacted by the victim's own contribution to what happened. So if someone is attacked by a dog after provoking it, that provocation would make the victim at least partially at fault and reduce any award he or she receives in a civil claim. For instance, if a court finds that the victim was 20% responsible for a dog attack, compensation will be reduced by 20%.
Trespassing can also cause damages from a civil suit to be reduced, though government employees performing their jobs, such as law enforcement and postal workers, are not considered trespassers even if they were not invited onto someone's property.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, call Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. at (307) 257-7800 to discuss your options.
For more information regarding these types of cases, we recommend that you set up a free consultation with our Gillette premises liability attorney by calling (307) 257-7800!
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