Dog Bite Lawyer Troy, MO

Strong and Compassionate

Troy, MO Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog Bite Lawyer in Troy, MO. Dogs can be valued members of the family, near and dear companions, and a friend even when times are tough and no one else is there for you. However, sometimes man’s best friend is not so friendly, and the base animal tendencies of dogs can take over. If that ever happens to you or a loved one, a highly-rated Troy, MO dog bite lawyer can be your best friend.

Attorney Amanda Hayden is a veteran Troy, MO personal injury lawyer who puts her clients first in everything she does. She has a proven record of representing her dog bite clients with empathy as well as strength. If you have been recently bit by a dog in Troy, MO, sustained injuries, and are looking to recover damages against that dog’s owner, call an experienced dog bite lawyer at (314) 480-3100, or fill out our online contact form.

What Do I Need To Do After I’ve Been Bit By A Dog?

If you have recently been bit by a dog in Troy, MO, you’re most likely in a state of shock and uncertain about what to do next, just like any other accident. And similar any other accident, there’s several steps you should immediately take after your accident has happened. Our Troy, MO dog bite lawyer suggests you do the following if you’ve recently had a dog bite injury:

  • Take pictures. Get out your camera or phone and start getting shots of everything around you. If you can, take pictures of the dog that bit you: even if they are running away from you and you can thus only get blurry photos, local authorities can still use these shots to identify a dog. If the owner of the dog is around, get pictures of them and their info as well. Ask them to provide info about the dog’s veterinarian, tag, and their personal homeowners’ or renter’s insurance. You should also take shots of your immediate surroundings like street signs, cars parked nearby, and house numbers–animal control needs to tell people living nearby about the danger of a unleashed dog.
  • Call 911. Animal Control in your jurisdiction will need to be contacted to begin their tasks after a dog has bit a human. In addition, you should call the Troy police: not only should you obtain a report for your insurance records, but the police and other Troy, MO authorities also keep records of dogs who have bit other people before. If they determine that you are not the first person that dog has bit, their owner may be facing criminal charges.
  • Get medical help. Regardless of the size of your injuries, we suggest calling a doctor or visiting an emergency room or urgent care center as soon as possible. Dog bites can easily lead to infection, so rapid treatment is critical.
  • Call your insurance company. Dog bites are often covered as part of a homeowners’ or renter’s insurance policy, as they are viewed as “personal property”. Call them as soon as you can to file a claim so they can help you with medical bills and other costs. You should also obtain, if possible, the dog owner’s insurance information.

Contact Us

Dog Bite Laws In Missouri and Illinois

Since the year 2009, Missouri and Illinois have both used the same legal principle when it comes to dog bites. Prior to 2009, dog bite law in Missouri operated under what is commonly called the “one bite” rule. What this meant was that dog owners could not be held liable if their dog had not previously bitten another human being–thus giving Missouri dog owners a free bite before they could be held liable for negligence.

However, in 2009 Missouri Revised Statute 237.036 came into force, which completely altered how Missouri law viewed dog bites. No longer could dog owners get away with it the first time their pet bit a human being. Instead, Missouri joined Illinois and 29 other states (plus the District of Columbia) in adopting the strict liability standard for dog bite injuries.

Under strict liability, dog owners are now responsible for the actions of their pets at all times. If a dog bites someone, without provocation, either on public property or private property they are lawfully standing, their owner can be sued for any and all damages. On top of that, Missouri law mandates dog owners to pay a fine to the state of no more than $1,000, in addition to any civil damages they must owe. Illinois’ law regarding dog bites is called the Animal Control Act, or 510 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/. It is much more far-reaching than Missouri’s dog bite law as it also includes guidelines about what happens to dogs after they bite another human, a part of the law that in Missouri is reserved for local authorities. Most importantly, it does mandate that dog owners in Illinois are “liable in civil damages to such person [that their dog bit] for the full amount of injury caused”.

What Happens To A Dog That’s Bit Someone?

Both Missouri and Illinois have largely the same procedures they follow after a dog bites a human being. The sole difference is that Illinois’ dog bite procedures are part of the state Animal Control Act, while Missouri’s procedures are set by each county or city. While this allows for some variation in other matters relating to dogs (for example, some localities in Missouri expressly prohibit certain dog breeds like pit bulls), by and large the protocol following a dog bite is identical.

Following the report of a dog bite, Troy, MO animal control will take the dog into custody for ten days. The dog will be transported to a central facility such as an animal shelter or a veterinarian’s office. They will then be watched for that time and inspected for illnesses, most notably rabies. Before they are allowed to exit the facility, a tracking microchip is inserted into the dog, and if their owner has not done so already the animal is spayed or neutered. If animal control has deemed the dog to be safe, they can be released back into the care of their owner, but not before they compensate them for all costs related to the care and feeding of the dog during its time under observation.

Once a dog is back in the custody of its owner, it is also placed into a statewide database of “dangerous” (in Missouri) or “vicious” (in Illinois) dogs. Troy, MO owners of dogs entered in these categories must keep them in secure pens or kennels, and when out in public they must keep them on a short leash and muzzled. If a dangerous or vicious dog bites someone a second time, they are placed back under observation. However, this time owners must file an appeal and prove that they can maintain safe custody of their pet: otherwise, it will be put to sleep.

How Much Can I Get For My Troy, MO Dog Bite Lawsuit?

Dog bite injuries can vary in their severity, but one thing is undoubtable: they are no joke. Dogs have strong jaws (a study found that on average, a dog’s bite exerts 320 psi of force, more than twice a human’s bite) and sharp teeth, both legacies of their predator forebearers. While, for instance, being bit by a shih tzu will not cause as many injuries as being bit by a Doberman Pinscher, the most common injuries our Troy, MO dog bite lawyer sees include:

  • Surface-level cuts and bruises
  • Lacerations and puncture wounds
  • Infections from canine saliva
  • Tetanus
  • Broken or cracked bones
  • Avulsion injuries (when skin or body parts are torn off)
  • Rabies
  • Nerve damage
  • Emotional trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A skilled Troy, MO dog bite lawyer can help you recover damages for all of your medical expenses and more. In addition to standard hospital or doctor’s charges, you can get money for any prescription drugs, necessary rehab or physical therapy, and any mental health services required. If the Troy dog that bit you also damaged your property–for instance, if you were bit and the force of his bite tore an expensive article of clothing–a Troy, MO dog bite lawyer can get you money to replace that, as well as damages for the pain and suffering the ordeal of being bit by a dog put you through.

Studies have shown that the overwhelming majority of dog bite lawsuits never go to trial. Insurance companies do not want to run the risk of having to potentially pay a sizable jury award, while plaintiffs like settlements as they avoid lengthy court cases and award them money in their pocketbooks as soon as possible. Data from the Insurance Information Institute found that the median dog bite lawsuit settlement in Missouri is about $47,400, while in Illinois the average is a little higher at $48,100.



Contact A Troy, MO Dog Bite Lawyer Who Fights For Her Clients

Lawyer Amanda Hayden knows that being bit by a dog is an experience no one should have to go through. She takes time out to get to know all her clients and make sure that they don’t have to go through the legal process alone. In addition, she brings a unique mix of both business and legal knowledge into the courtroom, which means that she knows how insurance companies do business and thus is a dog bite lawyer who fights for your maximum financial reward.

If you or a friend has recently been bit by a dog in Troy, MO, don’t delay: contact an experienced dog bite lawyer. Call Amanda Hayden today at [clickable-number] or contact her online to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.

Dog Bite Lawyer