Missouri statutes hold dog owners to a standard of “strict liability”
for dog bites, which means the owner is responsible for any unprovoked
attacks. This law is similar to dog bite statutes in many other states
and allows victims of dog attacks to seek compensation for their damages,
even if the dog has no history of violent behavior. This standard of strict
liability applies when the attack occurs in a public place or on private
property, as long as the victim legally entered the premises.
Elements of a Successful Dog Bite Lawsuit
To seek financial compensation for a dog bite, you must demonstrate the
following components of your case:
The dog owner (or person in charge of the dog when it attacked) owed you
duty of care. In short, the person who had custody of the dog was obligated to protect
the victim from the animal.
- The dog’s owner or custodian neglected this duty. For example, the
owner may have allowed the dog off its leash in a public place when he
/ she knew the dog had a history of aggressive behavior.
This act of negligence was directly responsible for your injury. This is called
proximate cause, and draws a direct link between the owner’s liability, the dog’s
aggressive behavior, and your damages.
Know Your Rights After a Dog Attack
If you sustained a dog bite injury, you have the right to seek financial
compensation for your damages. This includes medical expenses, lost wages,
ongoing care, and noneconomic damages. To learn more about your legal
rights, speak with a Springfield personal injury lawyer from Strong-Garner-Bauer
P.C. for the experienced representation you deserve.
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