Dog bites consisted of more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out last year, and were nearly $479 million. As dog bite claim costs increase, so does the work for Las Vegas lawyers.
The average cost of dog bite claims was $29,396 in 2011, which is up 12.3 percent from the previous year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Increased medical costs and the size of settlements, judgments and jury awards account for these increases.
Dog owners can be liable for their pets, and a Las Vegas injury lawyer can help you determine what your liability would be in Nevada if your dog has bitten someone.
Some of the best ways to stop dog bites is taking affirmative steps to prevent them in the first place. You can train your dog, put up fences, socialize your dog to act appropriately around other people and animals, and seek professional help from veterinarians or animal behaviorists if your dog is aggressive. Las Vegas lawyers generally would recommend taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you are not an irresponsible dog owner.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 19-25. For more information about the rising cost of dog bites or other steps to help prevent dog bites click here. If you have been injured by a dog bite or your dog has bitten someone, contact a Las Vegas injury lawyer today.
Shumway Van & Hansen always offers free consultations and often times can schedule an appointment within 24 hours. For more information about dog bites and other injury claims please continue to utilize www.shumwayvan.com, call us at (801) 478-8080 or (702) 478-7770, or stop by either of our offices which are located at 8985 S. Eastern Ave, Suite 100, Las Vegas Nevada 89123 and 8 East Broadway, Suite 550, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111. We look forward to hearing from you soon.