May 16, 2020 | Dog Bites
Rottweilers are a naturally aggressive, high-energy dog breed that account for more than 6% of fatal dog bite attacks in the United States. While not all Rotties are dangerous, if acquired by the wrong owner they can be taught attack commands and trained to fight.
Other owners who don’t heed the advice of their Rottweiler dog breeder with regard to socializing at a young age and taking control of their pet’s behavior, can end up with an unstable dog who’s afraid, posing an almost certain, sudden and severe attack risk.
You may think, “well, I’ll just keep my Rottweiler away from strangers.” However, according to statistics, some of the most dangerous dog attacks occur in the owner’s household. Unfortunately, many of these attacks involve either the dog’s owner or young children under the age of 6.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Rottweiler attack in Missouri, and you are searching for information on what to do, our St. Louis dog bite lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm has created the following guide on Rottweiler attacks to offer guidance to victims and their family members during this challenging time.
Rottweiler Attack Statistics
Hundreds of people are injured in preventable Rottweiler attacks every day. Categorized as “dangerous dogs” alongside breeds such as Pit Bulls, Chow-Chow’s, and Mastiffs, this aggressive dog breed is one of the most likely to be involved in dog bite attacks.
Rottweilers are often trained for fighting, or as guard dogs, due to their naturally aggressive nature. When placed in hostile environments, this encourages Rottweilers to be aggressive and on “attack” any time something startles, surprises, or rattles them or their owners.
Their territorial trait can be great if someone is trespassing on private property with the intent of burglarizing the estate or harming the occupants. However, in situations that involve young children who live there or invited guests, this could lead to a sudden and severe, or even a fatal dog attack.
In 2018, 42% of dog bite attacks involved children under the age of 6. Young children tend to have an abundance of natural energy and aren’t aware of how jumping, screaming, or running around an animal can put the animal on defense and lead to an attack. Other situations that can cause a Rottweiler dog to attack include petting it without warning, disturbing it while it’s eating, drinking, or sleeping, or throwing toys at the dog when they aren’t expecting it.
It’s essential for children to be calm around Rottweilers, and to never leave a child unattended around dogs, regardless if it has harmed someone in the past or not.
Every dog attack is different, from where it happened to what caused it, but the most commonly reported Rottweiler attack injuries include:
- Head injuries such as brain injuries, hemorrhaging, and nerve damage
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Facial disfigurement
- Severe bruises and lacerations
- Broken and fractured arms, legs, and collar bones
Brief Overview of Dangerous Dog Laws
Section 273.036: Missouri does have a strict liability rule in place with regard to dog bites. Unlike other states who have a similar rule that allows for one bite prior to enforcement, Missouri holds the owner of an aggressive dog liable for any bite.
This is regardless of any measures the owner took like leashing or restraining their pet and other steps to prevent an attack. As you didn’t provoke the Rottweiler dog, enter a property unlawfully and you sustained an actual bite, the owner is held liable. As such, they will also be responsible for paying any current and future medical bills.
Revised Statute Section 578.024: There are some cases in which the Rottweiler’s owner, in addition to a civil lawsuit, may face criminal charges. This is a possibility if the dog attack results in a mauling that leads to a serious injury or death. In this instance, the state can convict the dangerous breed owner of a Class B misdemeanor.
What constitutes this action is the definition of a Dangerous Dog. In Missouri, it’s any breed, large or small, that has a prior history of biting a person without being provoked and does the same for a second time. Fatal dog attacks can warrant a conviction of the dog’s owner, charging them with a Class D felony.
Missouri Rottweiler Attack Lawsuits
Young children under the age of 6 should never be left alone with a dog, especially Rottweilers. This large breed can weigh between 80 and 135 pounds, most of which is muscle, and can easily overpower young children or adults in an attack.
In May of 2019, a 4-year-old child in Missouri was attacked by his babysitter’s Rottweiler while left unattended in the home. The dog attacked the young boy and left deep gashes and puncture wounds on his legs, which nearly required amputation. The boy’s parents have since filed a lawsuit against the babysitter for jeopardizing the child’s safety and negligence in caring for the animal.
This is just one example of how countless children and adults are injured and sustain serious injuries in Rottweiler attacks in the United States every year. And, how the effects of these dangerous breed attacks can leave behind severe physical, emotional, and mental damage for the victim and their family members to struggle with.
Talk to a St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyer Now
If you are the victim of a dog attack by a Rottweiler in St. Louis, the sooner the incident is reported to St. Louis Animal Control, injuries are documented, and a STL personal injury lawyer is consulted about the incident, the better. While Rottweiler dog attacks are a common occurrence, many dog bite attacks go unreported every year.
Reporting an attack can help prevent other potential victims from being attacked by the dangerous breed. It’s also compelling proof of the dog owner’s liability for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage, and other damages caused in the attack.
The St. Louis dog bite lawyers at the Dixon Injury Firm are devoted to making the process of pursuing a dog bite claim as stress-free and straightforward as possible for victims. They can handle every phase of your case, from gathering evidence to filing a compelling claim against the dog’s negligent owner to recover compensation.
Our Dog bite attorneys in St. Louis understand how painful Rottweiler dog attacks can be and are committed to making sure that your well-being is taken care of, first and foremost, when fighting for your claim. Christopher Dixon has given support to countless personal injury victims, including those involved in Rottweiler attacks in St. Louis, and has recovered more than $35,000,000 in damages for victims and their surviving family members to offset any financial expenses caused in the accident.
Repeatedly recognized as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, Christopher Dixon is the best choice for legal representation of your dog bite claim in Missouri. To schedule a free consultation with the St. Louis dog bite attorneys at the Dixon Injury Firm and discuss your Rottweiler dog attack case, call (314) 208-2808, or contact the Dixon Injury Firm today.
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