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Maximizing Damages in Dog Bite Cases? Missouri Allows Strict Liability for Dog Bites

As we have previously written, Kansas City dog bite victims no longer need to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner. Under the prior law, injury victims suing dog owners for dog bite attacks were required to show the dog owner did something wrong such as failing to use a leash or keeping the dog in the yard when the owner knew the animal had a propensity for violence. Now the injured party only needs to prove she was injured by a dog without provoking the animal as stated in RSMo. § 273.036.

If you have been injured by a dog, you need lawyer who can maximize the value of your legal claim. It's not just your medical bills; you may have permanent scarring, need future reconstructive surgery, and suffer fear and anxiety around animals. In many cases, we will employ a team of experts so that the jury understands the impact the attack had on your life. This may include a plastic surgeon to discuss the needs of future reconstructive repair, your treating doctors to discuss what you have already been through, and a psychologist to discuss various concepts such as fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

There are some things you can do as well, including:

  • Take photos of the initial injury
  • Take photos of the recovery
  • Document the incident with the dog owner and police

Although we will generally attempt to resolve with the dog owner or the owner's homeowner's insurance company prior to filing a lawsuit, we will not hesitate to file suit if needed. We have handled many dog bite lawsuits in the Kansas City area, so please give us a call for a free consultation at 913-221-7555.