Sauter Sullivan: Dog Bite Attorney St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois
Dog Bites are relatively common, occurring in various places such as on the dog owner’s property or on public property within a neighborhood. Most Dog Bites are simply accidents with minor consequences, but circumstances can rise to a level that justifies compensation or a lawsuit.
As a rule, dog owners are responsible for the behavior of their pets. If you were bitten and injured by a dog, and youwere in a public place or lawfully on private property when you were bitten, there is a good chance the owner is responsible for your injury. This is especially true if the dog has bitten someone before or has shown violent and aggressive behavior in the past. Dog owners must control and restrain their dogs in any situation where it might be reasonably expected that the dog could encounter people. Restraint can include keeping the dog on a leash, or enclosed in a securely fenced and marked area on private property. Failure to properly control and restrain a dog is negligence on the part of the dog owner.
With any Dog Bite case, the best solution is for the victim and the dog owner to resolve the matter between themselves. When this fails, certain conditions must apply to justify bringing a Lawsuit.
- An actual Dog Bite must have occurred.
- The bite must be serious enough to have caused mental aggravation or physical injury (typically incurring medical bills). Some of the most common serious dog bites involve pit bulls and rottweilers.
- At the time of the Dog Bite, you were in a public place or lawfully on private property.
- The Dog Bite caused injury causing you to suffer loss or harm.
Other factors may be involved that strengthen the case for bringing a Dog Bite Lawsuit.
- You sustained severe injuries from the bite or otherwise incurred significant damages.
- It is clear that the dog was not provoked.
- You were not trespassing on private property.
- Witnesses can provide evidence to help you prove the case.
- The dog owner, or the person controlling the dog at the time of the bite, was clearly negligent in their responsibility to adequately control and restrain the dog.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite and you think someone else is responsible, you should talk to an experienced lawyer right away. The Attorneys at Sauter Sullivan are experts at handling Dog Bite Cases, and they can help you.
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