Omaha Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
Dog attacks represent some of the most gruesome personal injuries that are suffered, particularly where a child is involved (as is often the case). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S. Almost one in five of those who are bitten (a total of 885,000) require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries. Children are especially at risk for dog attacks. It is important to teach children to be safe around dogs to prevent these catastrophic events from occurring.
When accidents do occur through no fault of your own, an Omaha dog bite lawyer can help in recovering damages for any injuries sustained and walk you through the claims process. To learn more or get started on your recovery consult with an injury attorney in Omaha with our firm today.
Preventing a Dog Bite
As an Omaha dog bite lawyer can tell you, you can reduce the chances of children in your care being bitten or injured by a dog if you teach them some basic safety tips:
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog.
- Never run from a dog and scream.
- Stay still when an unfamiliar dog comes up to you (“be still like a tree”).
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (“be like a log”).
- Do not look a dog in the eye.
- Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without letting it see and sniff you first.
- Never play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
- Never leave an infant or child alone with any dog.
- Teach your dog submissive behaviors, like rolling over to show its stomach.
- Do not play aggressive games with your dog, such as wrestling.
- Seek medical care for any serious dog bite and report all dog attacks.
- Support animal-control programs in your community and the enforcement of local laws regulating dangerous or vicious dogs.
- Support dog bite prevention educational programs in schools.
- Get the advice of a veterinarian about the right breed of dog if you are thinking about getting a family dog.
- Spay or neuter your dog, this often reduces its aggressive tendencies.
- Be sure all pets are properly immunized.
- Seek a veterinarian’s advice quickly if your dog becomes aggressive.
Filing a Dog Bite Injury Claim in Omaha
Nebraska has a strict liability dog bite statute that states:
- The owner of a dog is liable for damages inflicted by his/her dog if it bites a person who is either in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner’s property (invitee or guest, not a trespasser). N.R.S. § 54-601.
- The dog owner is liable regardless of whether the dog had ever been vicious before and regardless of whether the owner had reason to believe it would behave in a vicious manner. The dog does not get “one free bite”.
- The only defenses to the strict liability statute arise where the injured party provoked the dog.
In essence, the dog’s owner is an insurer of the dog.
If a stray bites you, you and your Omaha dog bite lawyer have little legal recourse because you must file your claim against a dog’s owner or keeper. Your municipality is not responsible for the dog, even if you have called the animal warden several times to pick up the stray.