Henderson Dog Bite Lawyer
Nevada residents love their dogs and while canines can be loyal and loving creatures, some are mean and aggressive. These dogs can attack other people and other dogs, causing serious injuries and even death.
Besides bites and other injuries, dog attacks can turn into premises liability claims. Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs away from others. If they are held liable for an attack, they can be forced to pay compensation to the victim.
Have you been injured by another person’s dog? Are you a dog owner whose dog is being accused of an attack? If so, seek legal help to protect your rights. A Henderson dog bite lawyer from Cameron Law can assess your case.
Nevada Dog Bite Laws
Unlike most states, Nevada has no established laws regarding dog bite liability. It is determined by common law, which can leave things unclear.
For the most part, dog bite responsibility is based on the dog’s previous behavior. Does it have a record of aggression? If a dog has bitten someone before, the owner is typically held liable for any further incidents. This is because if a dog has previously bitten someone, the owner is expected to assume the dog has a history of aggression or violence. If the owner ignores the fact that their dog has a history of aggression, they can be held liable for a dog bite.
When it comes to determining negligence, Nevada follows the rule of comparative liability. This means you cannot be more than 50% responsible for your injuries. If you are, then you will be unable to file a claim and pursue compensation for your damages.
If you are eligible to file a claim, don’t delay. Nevada’s statute of limitations is two years and begins on the day the dog attacked you. Once you miss this deadline, you will be barred from filing a claim.
Degrees of Dog Bites
There are six degrees of dog bites:
- Level 1. This is the least severe bite, with no direct contact between the dog’s teeth and the person’s skin.
- Level 2. There is contact with the skin, but it’s not punctured.
- Level 3. This bite will leave 1-4 tooth punctures in the skin from a single bite, although none are deeper than half the depth of the dog’s canine teeth. This is a sign of aggression.
- Level 4. At least one of the punctures will be deeper than half the length of the dog’s canine teeth. The dog should not be around people.
- Level 5. These bites often signify that a dog has bitten before. Euthanasia is often recommended.
- Level 6. The severity of this bite results in a fatality.
Contact Cameron Law Today
As you can see, Nevada dog bite laws can be unclear. Need help interpreting them? Seek legal help.
Cameron Law can assist you with your dog bite case. Get compensation for all your injuries. Contact us today to get started. Call (702) 745-4545 to schedule a free consultation with a Henderson dog & animal bite lawyer.