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Posted on January 30, 2018 by

Bitten by a Dog – Should You Sue the Owner?

Bitten by a dog? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want to ensure you’re receiving just compensation. If you were bitten by a dog without provocation, you are entitled to damages from the dog’s owner.

Strict Liability
Missouri is a strict liability state. If you were on public property or lawfully on private property, and can establish you were attacked and bitten without provocation, Missouri law holds that the dog’s owner is liable – whether or not the animal had a propensity for viciousness.

Whether the owner knew of the dog’s tendency for viciousness is irrelevant to the issue of liability. The owner must pay you compensation for your injuries, which may include reimbursement for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What if You May Be Partially At-Fault for the Dog Bite?
In this case, damages awarded to you will be reduced in proportion to your fault. If you were unlawfully on private premises – or if you provoked the dog – strict liability statutes do not apply.

Are there Time Limitations for Filing a Dog Bite Claim?
The statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Missouri is typically 5 years.

Attempts at compensation for your dog bite leaving you hot under the collar? The law is on your side. Contact the St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman for a free consultation today.