Dog Bites | Personal Injury Blog
Do “Beware of Dog” Signs Affect Dog Bite Liability?
Nebraska is a strict liability state for dog bites. Under the law, dog owners are liable for any injuries or damages their animals cause, regardless of negligence. Although dog and property owners may try to use signs that say “Beware of Dog” as a defense if the dog attacks a person, this will not protect them from liability in most cases. Under our state’s strict liability dog bite statutes, owners are liable for “any and all damages that may accrue . . . to any person, other than a trespasser, by reason of having been bitten by any such dog or dogs . . .”
If I Report a Dog Bite, What Happens to the Dog?
Like pet owners across the country, people in Nebraska love our dogs. Pets make wonderful companions for you and your family. But dogs are animals, and when not properly cared for, a dog can severely harm people.
Elders and Dog Bites
Our furry best friends bring us a lot of joy, but all dogs are capable of making mistakes if they are scared, hurt, or confused, so dog attacks are an ever-present threat in modern society. Elderly victims are the second most common victim of dog bites in America. Often, the elder is attacked on their property while gardening or getting their mail. This is likely because seniors may present as weaker or slower and are thereby easier targets than others. Since attacks on seniors are generally unprovoked, these cases can be challenging to resolve. Contact an attorney immediately after if you or a loved one has been injured by a dog. Learn more by clicking the link below.
Teaching Your Kids to Be Safe Around Dogs
It is a natural defense of dogs to bite. Even the friendliest dog can become frightened or angry in certain situations. If you have dogs in your home, visit people with canine family members, or go around them in other places, it is important to teach your children how to be safe around dogs.
When a Dog Bites Your Child
When a dog attacks a child, it is a traumatic experience for the parents as well as the child. It is important to remain calm and get medical care for your child as soon as possible. Your child’s health and wellbeing are the top priority. The following are the steps you should take if a dog bites your child.
Nebraska Crosses Over $5 Million for Dog Bite Claims
People may dismiss dog bites as minor injuries, but they are far more costly than most people assume. Dogs have filthy mouths that often contain dangerous bacteria, parasites, and viruses that are spread through their saliva. Even a mild bite may require expensive medication, and more violent ones can cause disabilities, scarring, and emotional trauma, which also amount to an expensive bill.
Are Dog Owners Liable for Bites?
Dogs are often considered man’s best friend, but it is important to remember that their behavior is largely dependent on their owners. We have all seen the vast difference between an untrained, rowdy dog that doesn’t obey commands and an obedient and trustworthy dog. This is why Nebraska state laws hold owners at fault when their dogs attack.
The Very Real Danger of Fake Service Dogs
Service dogs provide an amazing and crucial service for people living with disabilities.
Unfortunately, some people have used these dogs’ recent popularity as an opportunity to break the rules. Fake service dogs, which are really just pets in fancy vests, do not provide critical services or help save lives. These animals present a danger to actual service dogs, as well as to children, since they are not trained the way service dogs are.
Laying Down the “Leash” Law in Omaha
When you decide to become a pet owner, probably the first thing you think about is the companionship and the unconditional love.
But do you think about pet laws?
Responsibility for a pet goes further than taking your pet out for walks, training it, and making sure it has all the right shots.
As a pet owner, you are liable for anything your pet does. It is up to you to ensure that any aggressive behavior is corrected early on. It’s also a good idea to know the laws in your area that pertains to pets, so you are up-to-date with any new ordinances.
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