Dog Bites

Las Vegas Dog Bite Lawyer

Representing the Victims of Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Dog bites injure millions of people every year, with children the ones most likely to require medical attention when bitten or attacked. While dogs are beloved pets to many people, owners of dangerous and vicious dogs should be held liable for the injuries that their dogs cause.

For more than 30 years, Las Vegas dog bite lawyer Robert M. Apple has been protecting the rights of dog bite victims by holding owners liable for the injuries that their dogs cause. 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.

Dog Bite Statistics

The American Humane Society provides some startling statistics regarding dog bites, including the following:

  • An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year.
  • Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care.
  • Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involve chained dogs.
  • Approximately 71% of bites occur to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet).
  • Approximately two-thirds of bites occur on or near the victim’s property, and most victims know the dog.
  • More than $1 billion is paid in dog bite claims each year.
  • Approximately 58% of human deaths involve unrestrained dogs on their owners’ property.

Nevada Dog Bite Laws

Nevada has no dog bite statute, but dog owners can be liable for dog bites and animal attacks if the dog owner’s negligence caused the plaintiff’s injury. Although there is no specific dog bite law in Nevada, the state does have a statute 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.

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 Dog Bites

If a dog owner is found to be negligently responsible for a dog bite, the injured party is generally entitled to compensation for his or her injuries and/or damages, which many include the following: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and property damages.

Call Now for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation

If you or a loved one was injured by a dog or other animal, contact Las Vegas dog bite lawyer Robert M. Apple at (702) 646-0085 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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