Animal Attacks

Las Vegas Animal Attack Lawyer

Representing the Victims of Dog Bites and Other Animal Attacks

Every year millions of people are injured by an animal. Although dog bites are the most common type of animal attack, other pets and domesticated animals have been known to be dangerous as well. For instance, serious accidents, injuries, and death have been associated with riding horses (such as equestrian horses and rodeo horses) and exotic pets like snakes and lizards.

Although most pets are gentle and peaceful creatures, if a pet attacks someone, causing injuries or even death, the pet owner can be held liable for the injuries or damages. Las Vegas injury lawyer Robert M. Apple has represented accident and injury victims, including clients injured in an animal attack, for more than 30 years. As such, he has the skill and experience necessary to help you pursue legal action following a dog bite or animal attack. He will fight to get you maximum money damages by holding the owner liable for the injuries that their animal caused.

If you or a loved one were injured in a dog bite or animal attack, contact Robert M. Apple & Associates at (702) 646-0085 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about a possible personal injury lawsuit.

Injuries Sustained in Animal Attacks

The injuries sustained in animal attacks, including dog bites, vary in terms of type and severity, but the following are some of the most common injuries:

  • Lacerations and abrasions
  • Internal injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Scars
  • Nerve damage
  • Amputation
  • Infections
  • Psychological injuries

Nevada Laws regarding Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Unlike some other states with specific laws regarding animal attacks, Nevada does not have any specific laws regarding liability for dog bites or other animal attacks. Accordingly, animal owners can be held liable only if the plaintiff proves that the owner’s negligence caused the animal attack and the resulting injuries.

Even though there are no specific animal attack laws in Nevada, there are statutes regarding dangerous and vicious dogs. Pursuant to Nevada statute §202.500, a “dangerous dog” is any dog that, without provocation, on two separate occasions within 18 months, behaves menacingly, to a degree that would lead a reasonable person to defend himself against substantial bodily harm when the dog is off the premises of its owner or not confined in a cage or vehicle. A dog is considered “vicious” if, without being provoked, it kills or inflicts substantial bodily harm upon a human being or it continues the behavior of a “dangerous dog” after the owner has been warned by a law enforcement agency.

The penalties for owning a vicious dog are rather severe. In fact, if a person sustains substantial bodily harm from an attack by a “vicious” dog, its owner can be found guilty of a category D felony. Evidence that the owner knew a dog to be “dangerous” or “vicious” can also be used to prove that the owner was negligent in its owning and handling of the dog.

Money Damages for Animal Attack Injuries

If a pet owner is found to be negligently responsible for a dog bite or other animal attack, the injured party is generally entitled to compensation for his or her injuries and/or damages, which may include the following: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and property damages. Often times, animal attacks and dog bites cause serious psychological injuries – whether due to the attack itself or due to the scarring and disfigurement that might result from the injuries sustained in the attack. Because it is more difficult to prove and value psychological injuries, it is important to consult with skillful and experienced lawyer.

Las Vegas dog bite lawyer Robert M. Apple has been representing accident and injury victims for more than 30 years, and he will use his knowledge and experience to fight to get you full financial recovery for all injuries. If you or a loved one was injured by a dog or other animal, contact our office at (702) 646-0085 for a free, no-obligation consultation with our Las Vegas animal attack lawyer.

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