Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Animal and Dog Bites

Dog and animal attacks will nearly always inflict some mark on the victim.  Injuries are not limited to the actual physical mark or bite wound; dog attack victims often experience emotional and psychological effects.  Regardless of the size, age, or build of the victim any animal attack is traumatic and can lead to long term phobias or anxiety along with potentially serious physical damages.

Each year, over 1,000 individuals across the country will seek emergency care treatment for dog attack wounds.  While dog attacks are the most common, other pets kept by families across Kansas can also inflict injury.  Kansas residents sometimes own large birds, horses, cats, snakes, and sometimes even exotic and possibly illegal animals like monkeys or wildcats.  Children, particularly infants, are injured in dog attacks at the highest rates.  Each year, hundreds of postal workers and mail carriers are attacked by dogs.

Dog bite injuries will depend upon the individual attack.  They are often serious.  Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Deep cuts and scratches
  • Puncture wounds
  • Contusions
  • Fractures
  • Loss of limbs
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Head and facial injuries
  • Emotional and psychological scars
  • Transmission of diseases such as rabies or tetanus
  • Death

There is a common misconception that most dog bites happen to strangers.  In fact, the majority of dog bites involve friends or family members who are familiar with the dog.  Dogs that bite often have no history of aggression or attacks.  The most common victims of dog attacks are the very young.  Infants and young children can unknowingly provoke dogs with their small size, quick movements, and sometimes harsh petting manner.  Young victims will often experience catastrophic physical, emotional, and mental injuries as a result of the dog or animal attacks.

Kansas’ Dog Bite Laws

In recent years, many states have adopted a policy of strict liability, meaning that dog owners will be responsible for the injuries inflicted by their pets even if they did not act with negligence and did not have a prior reason to believe the dog was dangerous.  Kansas, however, is in the minority of states that has not adopted a general strict liability law.

Kansas uses a “one-bite rule” in which the dog bite victim mist prove the dog owner was negligent or had reason to know the dog was dangerous.  Generally, once a dog bites someone once, the dog owner is considered on notice of the dog’s dangerous propensity.  If it then bites another individual, the owner will be held liable.

Contact Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless of the Lenexa, Kansas law firm Michael R. Lawless, P.A. has years of successful practice representing the victims of animal and dog attacks across the state of Kansas.  For over 27 years, Michael Lawless has fought for the full recovery of dog bite and other animal attack victims.  Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless, P.A. has the knowledge, skill, and resources you need to obtain the results you desire.  From our initial investigation of the case to that final day of settlement or trial, Michael Lawless will skillfully handle your case so that you can get back to what matters most—your recovery.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential personal injury case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771.  You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.


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Kansas Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Animal and Dog Bites
Kansas Personal Injury Attorney explains the implications of dog bites in Kansas.