Little Rock Dog Bite Lawyer
Experienced Dog Bite Attorneys Serving Little Rock, AR
Anyone who has suffered injuries from an aggressive dog understands the seriousness of a dog bite or attack. And yet we still see incidents of serious dog attacks in Arkansas, most commonly to small children. Fortunately, if a dog owner has been negligent in keeping control of their dog, they may be legally liable for any injuries that their animal has caused.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from a dog bite or attack, the experienced Little Rock dog bite lawyers at Pfeifer Law Firm can help hold the dog’s owner accountable. Our skilled team of accident lawyers has devoted our practice to holding negligent dog owners liable for the harm and injuries that their dog has caused.
Serious Injuries Caused By Dog Bites
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. Of these, nearly 20 percent require medical attention. Dog bites and attacks can result in a wide variety of injuries, including:
- Abrasions, cuts, and lacerations
- Serious puncture wounds
- Nerve damage
- Wrongful death
If you or a family member has been injured by an aggressive dog, our experienced Little Rock dog bite attorneys can help you understand your rights and get compensated for your injuries.
The One Bite Rule in Arkansas
Many states, including most areas in Arkansas, enforce liability of a dog owner under the “one bite” rule. This means that the dog had exhibited previous aggressive tendencies whether a bite occurred or not, and the owner was aware of it. But a dog owner can still be held accountable under simple negligence concepts. The skilled dog bite lawyer at Pfeifer Law Firm can help you understand your legal rights after a dog bite injury.
Criminal and Civil Liability For Dog Bites
In Arkansas, Code § 5-62-125 holds someone criminally accountable if they knew their dog had a propensity to attack, that the owner allowed the dog to attack another person, and that attack caused the death or serious physical injury of that person. Arkansas further classifies vicious dogs as those that
- Attack a person, dog or other animal
- Have repeatedly shown aggression toward a person, dog or other animal
- Have injured a person, dog or other animal
Furthermore, Little Rock Municipal Code Chapter 6, further limits the type of dog that can be kept within city limits and what a dog owner is specifically responsible for. Those designated as dangerous breeds can only be kept under special permitting, with specific requirements.
Compensation From a Civil Lawsuit
In addition to criminal charges, a dog owner can be held liable for a dog bite or attack in a civil lawsuit. While criminal liability will punish a dog owner, and a criminal conviction may also provide restitution for the victim, it may be even more important to file a civil complaint against the dog owner so you can seek other compensation for your damages.
Under a civil lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Getting the assistance of an experienced Little Rock dog bite lawyer is key to a successful dog bite liability claim. At Pfeifer Law Firm, we are here to help.
Getting Skilled Legal Guidance
While most of us generally ascribe to dogs as “man’s best friend,” we understand that not all encounters with dogs are friendly or safe ones. If you or a family member has been injured by a dog bite or attack, get the advice and guidance of our Little Rock dog bite attorneys at the Pfeifer Law Firm. Contact us at (501) 374-4440 or through our online contact page to schedule a no-cost consultation.