Each year aggressive dogs attack and bite over a half-million people. Some of these attacks are so vicious that the victim dies from the wounds. The majority of these victims are children. There are certain breeds of dogs that repeatedly prove to be the source of these attacks.
If you or your child has suffered from a dog bite, you should immediately seek medical attention and advice regarding rabies. If you are not familiar with the dog or its owner, contact your local animal control office and report the incident. Animal control officers may be able to locate the dog and determine its rabies vaccination status. They will likely also prepare an official report of the incident that will prove to be helpful in establishing your claim with the insurance company. If possible, obtain contact information about the owner of the dog.
Once the initial medical treatment has been sought, it is vital to consult with an experienced dog bite attorney about your legal rights. Fortunately, Missouri dog bite law has recently changed, making it easier to prove these cases. Owners are now held strictly liable (no evidence of prior dangerous or vicious propensities needed) for the actions of their dog.
The attorneys with the Injury Law Center have represented victims throughout Missouri. If you've been hurt in a dog attack, contact the Injury Law Center and we'll help you determine your legal rights and the best method of pursuing a case.
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