July 16, 2019 | Dog Bites
Dogs are commonly called “man’s best friend,” due to their loyal nature, but if a dog, especially a hunting dog such as a Doberman, is put on the defense, or trained to fight, the results can be severe and often fatal. The Dixon Injury Firm understands how painful it is to be the victim of a sudden dog bite attack, and how terrifying it can be not to know how to proceed with your case. Our Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis has put together the following guide on Doberman attacks to hopefully help victims and their family members determine their next step during this difficult time.
Most Common Types of Doberman Attacks
There are more than 4.5 million dog bite attacks in the U.S. every year, with 800,000 of these injuries requiring immediate medical attention. Most of these severe dog bite attacks are caused by dangerous dogs such as Dobermans, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers, and in 2018, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery for dog bite-related injuries such as cheek, mouth, and head trauma.
While all dogs can have a propensity to be dangerous depending on the situation, Doberman’s are one of the most common instigators of dog bite attacks. Doberman has a bite force of around 305 PSI, and their small, yet sharp jaw allows this dog breed to rapidly bite someone in succession. The most commonly reported types of Doberman attacks include:
- Stray dog attacks
- Children-related dog bite attacks
- Attacks that involve a neighbor or the dog’s owner
- Unleashed dog attacks
Missouri Doberman Attack Laws
If you have been the victim of a Doberman attack in Missouri, you could be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner for your injuries and financial losses. Missouri’s Dog Bite Statute states that a dog’s owner is liable in an attack if the animal in their care attacked someone without provocation or trespassing on private property. Bringing a claim against a dog’s negligent owner can be overwhelming, but with substantial proof of your injuries, reports filed with the correct authorities, and representation from an experienced lawyer, victims could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income, property damage, and loss of consortium.
Additionally, some cities in Missouri have an ordinance against dangerous dogs, such as Dobermans and Pit Bulls which restricts or bans ownership of these breeds. In Missouri, cities that have dangerous dog breed ordinance on Doberman Pinschers include Chaffee, Jamestown, Monroe City, Pilot Grove, Rock Port, and Trenton. In cities that have a law that bans ownership of a Doberman, if an attack occurs, the dog’s owner is automatically liable for the victim’s damages and charged with fines, the animal is impounded, and in most cases, the resident is stripped of all rights to own a dog. In cities that restrict owning a Doberman or have categorized this dog breed as “dangerous” or “vicious,” victims are often eligible to recover full compensation for their harm and losses, and the dog’s owner is usually issued fines, faces impoundment of their animal, and may or may not lose custody of their Doberman Pinscher.
Begin a Claim with Our St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers Now
If you have been attacked by a Doberman Pinscher and feel that you deserve compensation for your preventable harm and losses caused in the attack, you need to speak with our aggressive Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis immediately about your case. Christopher Dixon takes the time to understand the individual details of your case and will create a personalized plan for recovering the maximum amount of compensation from the negligent party involved.
The Dixon Injury Firm has recovered more than $35,000,000 in settlements for personal injury victims in St. Louis and is committed to fighting for the highest settlement for your injuries caused in a Doberman attack. Christopher Dixon’s efforts have earned the status of “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” from the National Trial Lawyers Association and repeated recognition by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.” When you choose Chris Dixon and the St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers to defend your case, you can be confident that our St. Louis personal injury attorneys will do everything in their power to produce the best results for your case.
If you are ready to begin your claim with our Dog Bite Lawyers in St. Louis, and recover compensation for your losses caused in a Doberman attack, don’t hesitate to call (314) 208-2808 or contact the Dixon Injury Firm now for a free case review or consultation.