Dogs are typically considered as man’s best friend. However, they still have the tendency to bite or attack.
According to Missouri law, a person injured by a dog bite is eligible to hold a dog owner liable if:
- the injury was caused by a dog bite or attack,
- the individual who was bitten or attacked was either on public property or lawfully on private property, and
- the person bitten or attacked did not provoke the dog.
It is also important to understand that Missouri uses a “strict liability” rule in regards to dog bites. This means that even if the dog owner was not aware that his dog would bite someone or if the dog owner was not negligent in handling the dog, an injured person can still seek damages.
The state’s strict liability rule only applies to injuries caused by dog bites. If an injury is caused by another type of behavior, such as jumping or pouncing, the injured individual would have to bring a standard negligence case to show that the dog’s owner should be held responsible for monetary damages.
Suffered an Injury Caused by a Dog Bite?
If you were recently injured in a dog attack, Presley & Presley, LLC is ready to help you recover your entitled compensation. With more than three decades of experience, our Kansas City personal injury attorney can review your case and determine all of your available legal options to obtain the monetary damages necessary to cover medical expenses, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering.
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