Dog Bite Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
Dogs injure more people in America than any other animal. In fact, up to 90% of animal bites are caused by dogs. Thousands of people are admitted for serious dog bites each day across the nation, and victims can suffer severe injuries and complications as a result of the bite. A dog bite is no small matter. If you or a loved one has been attacked and seriously injured by a dog, don’t dismiss the incident. At Gazda and Tadayon, we are a personal injury law firm that specializes in dog bite accidents. These types of cases can be emotional and complicated: be sure to pick a lawyer who can effectively defend your interests and secure the compensation you deserve.
What People Need To Know About Dog Bites
Some victims of dog bite accidents may be tempted to dismiss the injury, but a dog bite is a serious injury and can lead to long-term complications and costly medical visits. Since personal injury is defined as “the wrongful injury of one person through the fault of another”, a dog bite certainly falls in this category.
If you were attacked by a dog and injured, you may receive compensation for injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and missed time from work, also known as “lost wages”. Additionally, the dog owner may face criminal charges if state dog bite laws were not followed. It is illegal in many cases for a dog to be unrestrained or unattended, and it is the owner’s responsibility to control their animal.
In some cases, it may not be the owner but a guardian, like a dog sitter or acquaintance, who is liable for the injury because they failed to monitor or restrain the dog.
People often underestimate the trauma and pain that can be caused by one of these incidents, and even if the victim sees no immediate symptoms after the attack, complications can arise hours or days after. In extreme cases, a dog attack can lead to the untimely and wrongful death of the victim.
Injuries from Dog Bites
Dog bites come in different forms and can lead to varying types of injuries.
- Abrasions, punctures, and lacerations
- Bone fractures or breaks
- Blood loss
- Tetanus infection
- Emotional trauma, like nightmares and developed phobias
Even if first aid can be administered at home, it is critical to seek medical attention to avoid infections. Dog bites can become seriously infected: around 15-20% of dog bites lead to infection due to the introduction of bacteria into the victim’s system. The highest risk physical injuries are lacerations, which are deep cuts in the skin that go into the bones or muscles and can cause significant blood loss or serious infections, like rabies or tetanus.
Rabies is among the worst type of infections you could get from a dog bite. It is a viral infection spread by the saliva of an infected animal, and dogs are some of the most likely animals to spread rabies to people in the modern world. At first, symptoms mimic the flu but severely worsen over time. These symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- General confusion and anxiety
- Difficulty swallowing
- Excess saliva
- Fear brought on by attempts to drink fluids because of difficulty swallowing water
- Partial paralysis
In severe cases, rabies can lead to paralysis or even death in the dog bite victim. If you have information that the dog was not vaccinated, it’s critical to head to the emergency room to prevent infection from spreading.
Other serious bacterial or viral infections include capnocytophaga bacteria, pasteurella, MRSA staph infections, and tetanus. These can cause serious complications in dog bite victims who have weakened immune systems or who are otherwise compromised by other illnesses and treatments. It is critical that the patient seek immediate medical attention, both to get adequate treatment and to help document the injury in the event of a personal injury case.
Filing a Dog Bite Claim in Las Vegas
For many dog bite victims, it can be a big question whether or not to file a dog bite claim. Even if the victim is seriously injured, the dog owner may not be willing to cooperate, and some may even claim that it was the fault of the injured party in the first place. However, Nevada has laws in place to protect victims from dangerous dogs, and in many cases it was not the dog’s first time to seriously injure another person. Some dog owners are simply irresponsible. Legal action ensures that the owner is held liable for their negligent behavior.
At Gazda and Tadayon, we have helped many clients file a successful dog bite claim in southern Nevada after their dog bite. The success of your case depends on many factors. In some cases, dog bite cases can be settled out of court, but should a settlement not be reached, the case goes to litigation, also known as a lawsuit.
Not all lawyers have the experience to pursue litigation for a dog bite injury, but we specialize in injury case litigation and know what it takes to win. Our law firm is known for our confidence in the courtroom, and other major law practices often turn to us for help on difficult cases. In many cases, litigation is the best way to secure monetary compensation and ensure that the owner is held liable for his negligent actions.
As always, we are a no fee law firm at Gazda and Tadayon, which means we cover all legal fees until we collect from a case.
Compensation from a dog bite injury in Nevada can cover damages such as:
- cost of emergency room visit
- medical bills
- pain management
- emotional distress and trauma
- lost wages
If you decide to pursue legal action, it’s important to act quickly. Nevada has a statute of limitations, which means there is a limited time frame for people to file a personal injury claim, including dog bite accidents in Las Vegas. Even if the dog attack occurred in the past, there could still be time to file for compensation. It is critical that you work with an attorney with extensive knowledge of these types of cases, and who can work on your case as soon as possible.
The Best Las Vegas Dog Bite Injury Law Firm
With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve seen it all at Gazda and Tadayon. As former defense attorneys for the insurance industry, we know the ins and outs of personal injury cases, and we fight relentlessly for your rights and adequate compensation. We have extensive knowledge of the types of injuries that occur in a dog bite case, and we also consult with medical experts to get a complete understanding of the treatment required. This means you have a better shot at getting complete and full compensation in your case.
A dog bite can be a traumatic and painful experience. We leave no stone un-turned to help you get back the quality of life and peace of mind you deserve.
We also understand that your legal fight is just one part of your busy life. Our friendly staff is there to make the legal process as smooth and comfortable as possible, and we help our clients consult with medical experts to determine the care they need.
Other law firms go to us for advice on their most challenging and difficult cases. If our peers and clients trust us to call the shots, you know that we can handle your case with the highest standards of compassion and professionalism.
A Proven Record Of Success
The attorneys of Gazda and Tadayon have been recognized by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for winning millions in compensation for our clients. Our ethical standards have also been highlighted by the law directory Martindale-Hubbard. When you work with Gazda and Tadayon on a personal injury case, you will receive proven representation with full integrity.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your dog bite injury claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person at our welcoming and compassionate law firm, located at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200.