Dog Bite Lawyers in Kansas City
Experienced Legal Representation for the Victims of Dog Attacks
Dogs are beloved by many and are mostly deserving of the title of “man’s best friend.” However, when poorly trained, threatened, or neglected by their owners, they can become capable of vicious attacks. Certain breeds, such as pit bulls, rottweilers, and Dobermans are often bred to exhibit a propensity for aggression. Any dog attack, however, can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities, especially for children and seniors.
Most dog bite cases can be resolved through the pet owner’s homeowners’ or renters’ insurance coverage. However, such claims are typically difficult to file and even harder to negotiate. We can help you provide the necessary details and information when you choose to file for the compensation you deserve in the wake of a dog attack. Furthermore, if an insurance company representative tries to get a quick—and lowball—settlement agreement, our team with fight back on your behalf.
At Presley & Presley, LLC, we can provide reputable advocacy to help you seek the true value of your damages. Insurance companies know we mean business. Let us put our reputation to work for you.
Injured in a dog attack? Talk to one of our Kansas City dog bite attorneys in a free consultation: Call (855) 981-6116 today.
Dog Bite Law in Missouri
Missouri’s previous dog bite statute was referred to as the “one-bite” law. This meant that, as the victim of an attack, you could only file a claim against a dog owner if their pet had a history of biting. That law has since been replaced by a revised version that places the legal burden of a dog attack squarely on the dog owner. Under the new law, if you are bitten by a dog, you can file a personal injury claim against the owner regardless of whether the dog has bitten anyone before.
However, certain conditions apply. To hold a dog owner liable, you must prove:
- you were on public property at the time of the attack or
- you were lawfully on private property, and
- you did not provoke the dog.
The new Missouri statute is referred to as strict liability, meaning you can file a claim for damages against the owner. Whether they knew the dog had a propensity to bite, took precautions against biting, or tried to stop the dog from attacking you is irrelevant. Damages to which you may be entitled include your current and future medical expenses, rehabilitative costs, loss of income or wages, and pain and suffering. If the dog has bitten in the past, its owner may also face criminal charges for their negligence and could be fined up to $1,000
Why You Need Presley & Presley, LLC as Your Advocate
Depending on the nature of the attack, dog bites can be debilitating and painful, and often lead to permanent scarring. In serious attacks, a dog’s teeth can severely damage muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other tissue resulting in loss of bodily function or range of motion. In the most severe cases, these injuries can require surgeries or lead to a permanent disability. That’s not to mention the emotional trauma these attacks may cause, especially for children.
Getting all the compensation you need and deserve from an insurance company can prove difficult. Our legal team has a track record of success when it comes to holding at-fault parties and their insurance companies accountable for all the damages they have incurred. If you or someone you love has been injured by an unfriendly dog, we are here to help.
Let us fight for maximum compensation for you. Contact our Kansas City team by calling (855) 981-6116.
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