Omaha Dog Bite Attorney
Dogs are known as Man’s best friend, but they are not always friendly to strangers. Vicious dog attacks can cause serious injury to people of any age, particularly children. In a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that 551 children ages five months to 18 years were treated in the emergency room of a children’s hospital for dog bite injuries over a five-year period. Infants and preschoolers involved in the study were mostly bitten in the face, while older children were bitten mainly in the extremities. These children were attacked by more than 30 different breeds of dogs.
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, the best thing to do is to speak with a knowledgeable Omaha personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Under state law, you may be entitled to recover compensation for the injuries and other damages. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we represent injured people in dog bite cases. Our founding attorney, Jason Bottlinger, has years of experience in personal injury matters and a successful track record recovering compensation for his clients. He has been awarded membership in the elite Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Nebraska Dog Bite Injury Law
The state of Nebraska has a strict liability dog bite law. Dog owners are strictly liable for any and all damages caused by their dogs to anyone except trespassers, regardless of whether the dog has shown aggressive tendencies in the past. The statute applies not only to dog bites but also to any injury caused by a dog, including knockdowns and scratches. It also applies when a dog chases, kills, or wounds other domestic animals, such as sheep that are the property of another person or company.
However, in Underhill v. Hobelman, 279 Neb. 30, 33 (2009), the Nebraska Supreme Court held that the dog bite statute does not apply to playful or mischievous acts of dogs - when a dog unintentionally injures someone in play. In such cases, to recover damages, the victim must satisfy the requirements of the "one bite rule." In other words, the victim must show that the dog had a propensity to bite or otherwise cause harm, that the owner or keeper knew of this dangerous propensity before the incident in question occurred, and that the dog’s propensity to cause harm was the cause of damages in the incident.
What Are Your Rights After a Dog Bite Injury?
After dog bite injuries, as with any personal injury, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses in a court of law, or through an insurance claim, and you hold the right to retain legal representation. In our state, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their animals (except when the injury is caused by a playful or mischievous act of the dog). You have the right to seek a range of damages including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and others, based upon the facts in the case.
At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we will protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve after serious dog bite injuries. Contact us today at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation.
- Laying Down the "Leash" Law in Omaha
- NIH: Pediatric Dog Bite Injuries: a 5-year review of the experience at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Preventing Dog Bites - CDC
- Dog Bite Emergencies - American Veterinary Medical Association
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