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Kansas City Dog Bite Attorney

Were you bitten by someone else's dangerous pet?

While there are many types of animals that attack and harm humans, the most common aggressor that causes the most injuries in the United States is the dog. If you were attacked because of the negligence of their owner or caretaker, you have the right to file a claim for compensation for your injuries. Animal bite injuries can take a serious toll on a person's everyday life depending on the severity. Don't suffer the consequences of someone's careless action.

Kansas City Attorney for Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites cause thousands of injuries yearly in America, with many of the individuals attacked being children. These dog bite injuries are often caused by the negligence of the dog's owner, who failed to properly secure or supervise their pet. Certain breeds of dogs are known for their aggression, such as Rottweilers and pit bulls, and owners of these types of animals have a duty to ensure they are properly restrained.

When someone is bitten by a dog, the injuries can be severe, even catastrophic. Damage to muscles and nerves can occur, in addition to the damage to one's physical appearance. These types of injuries can take a long time to heal, especially if plastic surgery is required to repair damage caused by the injuries.

The costs for the medical treatment can be devastating to both you and your family. With the help of Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott, our attorneys can skillfully document and negotiate your claim for damages to the insurance company for the owner of the dog. Don't assume you can deal directly with them, as they don't have your best interests in mind and are looking to quickly and cost-effectively settle your claim.

Dog Bites & Strict Liability in Missouri

Missouri is a "strict liability" state when it comes to dog bites. Strict liability means that a person or business is automatically liable for injuries that a certain action causes. It typically applies to actions that are inherently dangerous. With strict liability, you don't need to prove that someone did something wrong, in other words that the action was negligence. You only need to show that the action caused harm.

With dog bite cases in Missouri, under RSMo. § 273.036, you only need to show that the dog bit someone and its owner is automatically responsible for the harm caused. You don't need to show that the actions of the dog owner giving rise to the bite were negligent; you only need to prove that you were bitten by a dog.

Traditional factors still come into play when deciding whether you have a good dog bite case, such as the amount of harm caused, the venue, and whether the dog owner has insurance or the ability to pay money to compensate you for your losses. But not having to prove negligence because of strict liability is a major help in dog bite cases.

We are dedicated to aggressively fighting for our clients. Get help today! Contact a Kansas City dog bite attorney to get started on your case.

Pursuing Your Rights To Compensation

Because a dog bite is such a traumatic experience, the firm will pursue a claim for all possible losses you have suffered, including medical costs, future medical costs, lost earnings and especially emotional distress and pain and suffering. With his experience in negotiating, you can feel confident our office will obtain the maximum possible settlement on your behalf.

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.

Expert Legal Guidance After a Dog Bite in Kansas City

If you or a loved one is facing this situation, it is crucial to have a caring and dedicated Kansas City dog bite lawyer protecting your rights. In order to obtain the recovery for damages that you deserve you will need a strong and effective attorney at your side. Because of the possible permanent damage that can be caused by these types of catastrophic injuries, ensuring all future medical care is compensated for is important when negotiating your claim.

At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott we take our job seriously. Our firm will provide you with personal attention and keep you informed of the status of your case throughout the process. We have extensive experience in aggressively negotiating and settling with insurance companies to our client's advantage.

We give each case personalize care and attention. At Meyerkord, Russell & Hergot you are not just another number. In addition, the firm is highly experienced in a court room setting and will push for the maximum compensation for you, either through settlement or at trial.

Contact Meyerkord, Russell & Hergott today for the skilled counsel you need at (816) 867-8611.

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