Legal Representation Against Animal Attacks & Dog Bites
At Cantor Injury Law, we love our pets. But we also train them not to harm others. Mark Cantor is a pet owner himself but believes that anyone that owns an animal must accept responsibility if their animal wrongly harms another and that there is no exception to this rule. So train your pets and if you are injured by someone else’s pet, call us! Our St. Louis dog bite lawyers can help because most of the time the animal owner’s homeowner’s insurance in Missouri and Illinois will cover the claim.
In Missouri, the law was changed a couple of years ago to match Mark’s opinion that an owner must be responsible. An owner is strictly liable for the consequences of a dog attack. The sooner you call us, the quicker we can help secure the evidence, send you to appropriate medical providers, and win your case.
Visiting another person’s property or public property should never end in you being injured by an animal. If it does, it is imperative that you reach out to our St. Louis dog bite attorneys. Regardless of the severity of your injury, you may be in need of more medical attention or rehabilitative care than you initially think. In addition to your hospital and medical expenses, you may deal with lost wages for an extended period of time. At Cantor Injury Law, we have your best interest in mind and work hard to see that your rights are protected in court and that the responsible parties are brought to justice.
There are a few factors which may affect your animal attack or dog bite case:
- That you were rightfully on the property on which you were attacked or bitten
- That the dog or animal in question was not properly trained or restrained
- That the defendant in question owns the dog and did not exercise proper caution
- That the animal owner knew of the animal’s prior vicious propensities
What to Do After a Dog Bite
If you are bitten by a dog, be sure to do the following:
- Get the medical treatment you require. Go to urgent care or the emergency room if necessary.
- Call the police and file a police report of the attack. Call animal control and make a report as well.
- Verify the animal’s vaccination records to ensure it has had its rabies shots.
- Exchange information with the dog’s owner or caretaker as well as any witnesses to the incident.
- Contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.
What Is the Treatment for a Dog Bite?
While you can perform first aid for a dog bite at home, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a bite since dog bites carry an increased risk of infection. This is especially true if the dog is unfamiliar, the bite is deep, or bleeding is severe.
To treat a dog bite at home:
- Gently press on the wound to cause bleeding to help expel bacteria.
- Wash the wound with soap and water.
- Apply a cloth to the wound to slow the bleeding.
- Wrap the wound with a bandage and antibiotic ointment, if you have some.
- Do not suture your wounds. Animals like dogs carry high levels of bacteria in their saliva, so it is important to keep the wound open to the air to aid healing and minimize the chances of infection.
- After seeking medical care, monitor the wound for signs of infection. If you notice increased redness, swelling, increased pain, or fever, seek further treatment.
Are Dog Bites Dangerous?
The answer is yes. In Mark’s opinion, good owners train their dogs. There are no bad dogs, but there are bad dog owners. Sometimes police don’t take a report and instead rely on animal control reports. What you want to do is get all the facts you can and document them.
This is why you need competent and aggressive representation. Dog bites are dangerous because they frequently become infected. You need antibiotics and a lawyer who knows how to win these cases.
Can Dog Bites Cause Rabies or Tetanus?
Some dog bites are so serious that they can cause tetanus and rabies. Tetanus is rare. You want to check and make sure the dog has had its rabies vaccination and check that you’ve had your tetanus vaccination.
Tetanus is a life-threatening killer – you could get lockjaw and die. Dog owners are required by law to vaccinate their dogs for rabies. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, get an animal control report to check the dog’s vaccination history and seek medical attention to be safe.
What to Do About Your Dog Bite
Once we have a good idea of the severity of your injury and have gathered evidence of how the incident occurred, we can begin building a case on your behalf. We work to put together a workable strategy or argument that will hold up in court against even the most powerful legal team.
Dog bites and animal attacks are a very common occurrence, but they should not go unpunished. There are several ways in which animal owners can be held liable for the acts of their animal, including strict liability and negligence. There may be financial damages available to you if you hire our St. Louis dog bite attorneys and firm to file a personal injury suit on your behalf.