By Logan Quirk
Nevada Dog Bite Personal Injury
Dog bites are seemingly reported on every day. While they are constantly in the press, it may shock people that Nevada does not have any state laws or statute regarding strict liability. Rather, the law is interpreted by case law and negligence.
Thankfully, you are not barred from due to the lack of statutory guidance.
In the event a dog bites you, you should keep the following in mind.
Contact Las Vegas Animal Control
Dog bites are terrible, even if the bite is small. The best thing that you can do if you are bitten is to seek medical attention and contact Las Vegas Animal Control. Las Vegas Animal Control can stipulate whether or not an animal is “dangerous” and more than likely if one has bitten a person, it is dangerous. Now, while every case is different in circumstances, generally Las Vegas does not follow a “one bite” rule. Instead, it is documented that the dog is dangerous. If the dog bites or attacks a second time, the dog is considered to be “vicious”. It is unlawful to keep a vicious animal in Las Vegas, and the dog faces euthanasia and the owner faces criminal charges. However, if animal control deems that the first bite or attack is egregious, they can deem the animal vicious after one incident.
Make sure to Follow the proper steps
While many consider filing a lawsuit immediately after they are bitten, many do not. If you do not immediately file, you do need to make sure that you do not miss the statute of limitations for the state of Nevada. The statute of limitations is two years, so be sure to consult with a Las Vegas personal injury attorney within two years of your accident to get the ball rolling. Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney will allow you to be protected and maximize your recovery.
Listen to Your Doctor and Attorney
When you seek out medical care after a dog bite, be sure to follow your doctor’s advice. By failing to do so, you can make your injuries worse, and compromise a lawsuit, if you are thinking of filing one. Also, follow the advice of your Las Vegas personal injury attorney. If you are advised to cease contact with a certain party, do so. Dog bites are serious business, as well as emotionally challenging, so it can be hard to follow the advice of professionals. However, it is in your best interest to trust you doctor and Las Vegas personal injury attorney.