Bitten by an Unleashed or Unrestrained Dog? Get a Lawyer Today.
St. Louis has a city-wide ordinance that requires all dog owners to properly leash their pets in public and secure them on private property. In addition, Missouri has a regulation at all state parks that requires pets be supervised and restrained by leashes no longer than 10’. That means that if a dog gets loose and bites or attacks you, whether you’re at the park or walking through your neighborhood, you may be eligible for compensation.
Many people don’t pursue compensation or even report dog bites after they occur, as they may be afraid of what will happen to the dogs or the dog’s owners. They also may feel like the bite was unavoidable, as dogs can be unpredictable. However, that’s exactly why dogs should be leashed and secured, as even the most friendly, docile dog has the potential to attack without warning or provocation.
Dog bite injuries are painful and even potentially life-threatening. Victims can suffer profuse bleeding, nerve, muscle, and tendon damage, and they may even develop systemic infections that can put them in the hospital for weeks. Finally, they may lose feeling or use of the affected hand, foot, or limb. With that degree of damage common among dog bite victims, it’s a no-brainer for them to file compensation claims.
If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, the St. Louis dog bite lawyers at Cofman Townsley are here to help. We know what you’re going through, and it’s our job to get you full compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.