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Dog bites are generally thought of as minor matters and many people feel uncomfortable seeking legal advice regarding them. Yet dog attacks can result in painful injuries, psychological trauma, and even fatalities in the worst cases. These injuries are especially harmful to children and the elderly, who can be knocked down by aggressive dogs and suffer broken bones, chipped teeth, concussions, and more. When you or a loved one has been bitten or otherwise injured by an aggressive dog, you should not hesitate to understand the laws regarding dog bite claims and your options for compensation.
At Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A., we can sit down with you to hear your story and explain your available options. You may be facing medical expenses, lost wages, and more due to the attack. Those damages should be handled with compensation from the dog owner and/or their residential liability insurer. Our firm can go to bat for you to help you secure what is fair and just.
What Are the Dog Bite Laws in Arkansas?
Although some residents of our state have died after dog attacks, Arkansas has no specific state-wide law regarding dog bites or attacks. Instead, the rules regarding this subject will be governed by the ordinances of the county or municipality in which you live. At the state level, dog attacks are covered by legal precedents, or the court decisions of Arkansas's past. These important legal precedents were made under the legal theory of negligence and what is known as the “one-bite” rule.
Dog Bite Claims Based on Negligence
Under the legal theory of negligence, anyone filing a dog bite lawsuit must show:
- The dog’s owner owed you a duty of reasonable care
- The dog’s owner breached this duty
- Because of the breach, you were attacked by the dog
- Your injuries are a result of the attack
If the dog owner violated leash laws or other local rules, their behavior could be considered negligent. Some areas, like Pulaski County, have ordinances that define “dangerous” dogs.
In Pulaski County, for example, a dangerous dog is:
“any canine that has attacked a person or another animal without provocation which can lead to a citation and court procedures.”
The One-Bite Rule
Under this rule, a dog owner can be held liable if the dog has bitten someone in the past or has known (or should reasonably have known) that the dog had acted aggressively. However, plaintiffs do not necessarily have to prove that the dog has bitten before. The dog owner can still be held liable if you present evidence that the dog acted aggressively on prior occasions and that the owner knew or should have known about it.
Our attorneys are experienced at recovering for victims of dog attacks. If the owner of a dog knew (or should have known) that their animal was dangerous or vicious at the time of the attack, then you may be eligible for compensation. In the case of serious injuries, you should seek legal recourse for the resources you will need to get better.
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In the aftermath of a dog attack, you may be facing medical expenses, lost time at work, property damage, and the psychological and physical discomforts and pain of injuries. Without compensation, this financial burden will fall on you. Even if you do not want to file a claim, we can build your potential case as a tool to work out a fair agreement with the dog owner.