Las Vegas Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
Gazda & Tadayon are top-rated dog bite injury attorneys in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding areas. Our law firm has helped numerous clients receive the compensation they deserve after experiencing a dog bite We have over 50 years of combined experience in personal injury cases and are one of Nevada’s most experienced traffic accident attorneys.
Top-Rated Dog Bite Injury Law Firm
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Our Experienced Las Vegas Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Can Help
As former insurance defense counsel attorneys, we have the insider knowledge on what it takes to win these types of cases. Therefore, we will use all possible resources at our disposal to get results, including our insider knowledge of insurance companies. Since we have formerly served as defense counsel for these insurers, we know how the “other side” thinks. This is a huge asset when handling a dog bite injury case – we know exactly what questions to ask, and the right steps to take in order to get the compensation you deserve.
After a dog bite, every single detail can make or break a case. To cover all our bases, we make it a point to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident site, questioning witnesses and evaluating every detail that may contribute to your case. When you choose us to handle your dog bite injury case, you choose lawyers that care about your personal and legal success.
The Repercussions of Being a Dog Bite Injury Victim
Some victims of a dog bite 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.
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.
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, Las Vegas, NV 89146.
Dog Bite Diseases & Complications
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.
Dog Bite Injury FAQs
It depends on the circumstances. Police cannot use unreasonable force when making an arrest or performing any other duty. The improper use of a police dog can constitute unreasonable force.If that happens, it is something you should have Gazda & Tadayon help you determine, the police may be required to compensate you for your injuries.
On the off chance that your pet is harmed or executed by another creature, you might be qualified for get “compensatory” damages. The sum may incorporate the price tag of a comparable pet, enlistment of a thoroughbred creature, permitting, shots, and preparing costs. Moreover, on the off chance that you spent extra cash on your pet – other than for typical veterinary bills – you ought to be made up for such sums.If your pet is harmed or slaughtered by another creature, you might be qualified for get “compensatory” harms. The sum may incorporate the price tag of a comparable pet, enrollment of a thoroughbred creature, authorizing, shots, and preparing costs. Moreover, on the off chance that you spent extra cash on your pet – other than for ordinary veterinary bills – you ought to be made up for such aggregates.
In most cases, if you are asked into a house on the property to perform work for someone, the person who owns the property has a legal responsibility to take reasonable efforts to protect you from injury. In addition, if the person has a pet, the person might be responsible for keeping the pet away from you, or at least warning you of the presence of the animal. You can also have a compensation claim against your employer.
Most likely, a person bitten by a stray dog will not have a legal claim. Municipalities are generally not responsible for stray dogs. If, however, a dog is being kept at the local pound and escapes and bites you, you may have a claim against the pound.
Generally, yes. If an owner violates a leash law, and her dog attacks someone, many courts will hold that this fact alone is enough to conclude the owner was negligent, and that the injured person is entitled to compensation from the dog owner.
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.
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.
Because of the complex nature of dog bite injury law in Nevada, it’s critical that you explore your legal options and potentially file for damages as soon as possible. Our state law limits the amount of time after an accident that a victim can file for damages and claim compensation. Contact us today to assess your individual case in a timely manner.