Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs and other animals provide invaluable love and companionship for their owners. Unfortunately, there are situations where a dog or another pet suddenly attacks an innocent bystander. A dog bite is neither cute nor funny. It is a serious injury that often leaves the victim with physical and emotional trauma requiring costly treatment.
Under Nevada law, a person who keeps a dangerous or vicious animal may be held responsible for any monetary damages incurred by a bite victim. At Cameron Law, PLLC, our Las Vegas dog bite lawyers have experience in handling such complex cases. We can help you in seeking compensation from negligent and irresponsible animal owners.
When Are Dog Owners Legally Responsible for Biting Attacks?
You might think that a dog or pet owner is always responsible when their animal attacks someone. But that is not how the law works in Nevada. There is, in fact, no statewide law creating strict liability for dog bites.
Instead, an animal owner is generally not responsible for a bite or attack unless that same animal has previously bitten someone and the owner knew about this prior incident. This is often referred to as the “one-bite” rule. So if a dog bites you after biting someone else in the past, then the owner can be held liable for your injuries.
Even when a dog has no prior record of biting, the owner can still be held responsible for the “first bite” if the animal is considered “dangerous.” Nevada defines a dangerous dog as an animal that has “behaved menacingly” towards other people on at least 2 separate occasions within an 18-month period and in situations where the dog was not provoked and kept off-premises or otherwise not confined. While it is not illegal to keep a “dangerous dog,” if owners do not follow certain state and local regulations when keeping such animals, they can be found “per se” negligent if the animal bites someone, even if there was no previous history of biting. (A dangerous dog that continues to behave menacingly or actually causes substantial harm to a person can be classified as a “vicious” dog, and it is illegal to keep such animals in Nevada.)
Finally, even if an animal has no prior history of biting or is not classified as “dangerous” or “vicious,” the owner can still be held responsible if their own negligence leads to a biting attack. For instance, if the owner allowed their large dog to play unsupervised with a small child who is then injured, the parents could sue the owner for damages.
Contact Cameron Law Today
Many dog and animal bites are covered by homeowner’s or renters insurance policies, so it is often possible for victims to settle such claims out of court. But before you talk to anyone about a settlement, it is best to first speak with a qualified Las Vegas dog bite lawyer who can advise you of your rights in this area. Contact Cameron Law, PLLC, today to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team.