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Kansas Personal Injury Accident Attorney Describes the Assumption of Risk Doctrine in Connection with Pokémon Go!

Unless you do not have any contact with children and have been living off of the grid for the past few months, you are likely familiar with the new Pokémon Go! app that has children and the young at heart excited about exercising. For those unfamiliar with the program, Pokémon Go! is an app downloadable to a smart phone that immerses user in a sort of digital fantasy world:

  1. The object is to find and locate digital monsters called Pokémon;
  2. These monsters are (according to the game’s premise) hiding in plain sight in our own world;
  3. Through the Pokémon Go! app, you are able to find and see these monsters (the app essentially takes the real world you see through your phone’s camera feature and overlays it with the information from the Pokémon fantasy world);
  4. Once you find them, you must capture them using digital, fantasy tools contained in the app.

The game has been a huge success so far, but has also been linked to some serious personal injury accidents in which pedestrians and motorists harmed themselves and/or others by paying more attention to the app than their surroundings. The Pokémon Go! app warns users about the dangers of trying to play the game while walking or driving and advises that players use the game at their own risk. Is this sufficient to alleviate the developers of Pokémon Go! from liability for the injuries of players and others injured on account of the game?

Assumption of Risk Doctrine Generally

A personal injury doctrine called the “assumption of risk” doctrine may provide some protections to the developers. This doctrine holds that a participant of an activity who is aware of the activity’s dangers and chooses to participate in the activity in spite of these dangers “assumes the risk” that he or she will be injured or killed. This doctrine is invoked frequently when amateur sportsmen and sportswomen undertake a new activity like rock climbing, whitewater rafting, or jet-skiing. In most states, an injury victim who “assumes the risk” from a defendant and who is thereafter injured in the activity is not able to sue the defendant-business or defendant-individual.

Kansas and the Assumption of Risk Doctrine

Some may claim that users and players “assume the risks” associated with the game by agreeing by the terms and conditions of the game (players must accept these terms and conditions when initiating the game, otherwise they will not be able to play the game). Suppose a lawsuit is initiated in Kansas against the developers of the Pokémon Go! game after an adult walks into traffic while playing the game. The adult alleges that the game developers were negligent in not putting additional warnings or safety features into the game, while the developers allege that the adult “assumed the risk” of injury by accepting the terms and conditions of the game.

If such a case were to be decided according to Kansas law, the defendants’ assertion of the assumption of risk doctrine would be ineffective. This is because the Kansas Supreme Court struck down the doctrine in 2014. Instead, the Kansas Supreme Court held that any “assumption of risk” plays into the court’s general comparative fault scheme. Any knowledge or assumption of risk by the injury victim will be considered along with all other factors in determining who is primarily at fault in causing the crash.

Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney.  Contact his office at (800) 734-3771.

 

Staying Safe While Bicycling

The summer months bring not only sweltering heat to the Kansas plains but also bicyclists to Kansas roadways. Whether they participating in a marathon ride across the entire state or simply getting some exercise on the open roads, motorists will certainly begin to share the road with an increasing number of bicyclists in the coming months. Even rural roads and highways are not immune from this phenomenon. With the increased number of individuals riding bicycles on Kansas roads comes (of course) an increased risk of a bicycle crash.

Bicycle accidents can be catastrophic for the bicyclist when he or she is struck by a car, truck, or some other motor vehicle. Serious injuries – even death – have occurred as the result of an otherwise low-speed collision between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist. While nothing a bicyclist does can prevent all accidents from occurring, there are steps that bicyclists can take to reduce the chance of suffering a fatal or catastrophic injury in the event of a crash:

  1. Always wear your helmet! Wearing a properly-fitted and approved bicycle helmet can drastically reduce the chances of suffering a serious head injury in a bicycle accident. (A helmet does little good, however, if it is not properly-fitted or is not of an approved construction.) You should don your helmet before you take to the road and keep the helmet on any time you are on your bike, even if you are pulled off on the side of the road to take a brake.
  2. Wear highly-visible attire. You need to make yourself visible to motorists, especially if you are cycling on open rural roads where motorists are less likely to be paying attention. Make sure to wear bright, visible colors and to have reflectors on your bicycle. If you are riding at night, wear reflective clothing and use a headlamp and tail lamp on your bicycle. Some individuals even place flags on their bikes. Anything you can do to draw a motorist’s attention to you is beneficial.
  3. Obey the rules of the road. Reduce the likelihood of a bicycle collision by following the rules of the road. Do not cut in front of other motorists and proceed at a safe speed for the prevailing conditions. Before stopping or turning, provide a hand signal or other visible signal so that other motorists know your intentions. Ride defensively and be observant of the movement of traffic around you. Do not ride while distracted (i.e., with headphones or while texting), especially in congested areas. If you are riding alongside traffic, do not linger in a vehicle’s “blind spot.”
  4. Carry “crash essentials.” If you are involved in a bicycle crash and you are far from home, it would be very helpful for you to have a first aid kit and a charged cell phone at your disposal. You may also wish to include other “survival-type” gear as part of your “crash kit” in case you are stranded for a period of time. Also include a notebook and small camera (if your phone does not have a camera) so you can take pictures of your injuries and the accident scene if you are involved in a crash.

Finally, as soon as possible following your bicycle crash, contact Michael Lawless, a seasoned Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney for assistance. Mr. Lawless will take the information available about your accident and help you determine your legal rights. He is a zealous advocate who helps is clients pursue compensation for their injuries following bicycle accidents and other personal injury accidents caused by others. You can reach the office of Michael R. Lawless by calling (800) 734-3771.

Avoid These Seven Deadly Personal Injury Lawsuit Sins (Part II)

In a previous post we looked at four behaviors or attitudes that can severely and negatively impact your ability to recover full and fair compensation after a personal injury accident. Being apologetic, acting “tough” or as if you are not seriously injured, procrastinating, and relying on one’s memory can individually be the difference between obtaining the monetary damages you need to address your medical bills and other costs and obtaining nothing at all (or something in between). These behaviors and attitudes, however, are only four of the seven “deadly sins” of personal injury lawsuits. In addition to avoiding those four attitudes or behaviors, you should also refrain from:

  1. Being Aloof

Being aloof after your personal injury accident – that is, simply standing around waiting for the police to arrive or the tow truck driver to come and tow your car – can rob you of a valuable opportunity to gather evidence and identify witnesses that you may need later. If you are able to do so, take the time to speak with any individuals who have gathered near the accident site to see if they witnessed the accident. If they indicate that they did, take down their name and contact information (it is not necessary to ask them what they saw at this time – that can come later). If you have a camera or a smartphone capable of taking pictures, take photographs of the accident scene. This would include detailed pictures of the vehicles involved (if applicable), your injuries, the site of the accident, any road signs or traffic lights near the scene, skid marks or fluid puddles on the roadway, the condition of the floor or stairs – try to document everything you can so that the scene of the accident can be reconstructed later.

  1. Being Unorganized

It is not enough to simply show that another person caused you to suffer injuries – in your personal injury lawsuit, you must establish how much the other person injured you. This means you need to provide the judge or jury with a dollar figure that corresponds to the extent of your losses – and be able to back this number up with bills, invoices, and other objective evidence of your loss. Immediately after your personal injury you should purchase a folder or other storage device and keep everything pertaining to your personal injury accident inside the storage device. This would include bills and invoices, medical records, photographs, repair estimates, and other similar documents. (It may be helpful to make a copy of every document before storing it and giving the copy to your attorney or a trusted family member in case your copies are destroyed or go missing.)

  1. Being a Victim

In one sense, you are a victim if another person’s negligence or reckless behavior has caused you to suffer an injury. However, if you wish to protect your legal rights and interests, you cannot act as a victim and wait for someone to assist you. You must be proactive in asserting your rights. This includes ensuring you receive medical treatment and answers to your questions, informing your doctors of any medication side effects you are experiencing or if you are not obtaining any benefit from your treatments, seeking legal assistance and answers to your legal questions, and taking other actions necessary to advance your legal case.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Michael R. Lawless is available to assist personal injury victims in seeking full and fair compensation following a personal injury accident or car crash. Michael R. Lawless has helped numerous clients obtain compensation under a variety of circumstances. Contact his office today by calling (800) 734-3771.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Reports: Kansas Couple Killed In Loose Trailer Crash

A Kansas couple was recently killed while riding their motorcycle when they were struck by a trailer that broke loose from a towing pickup.  The couple, one of which was a jail deputy at the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, was riding with a group of other motorcyclists around noon.  Their two young children were present at the time of the crash. The group of motorcyclists was traveling westbound on 10th Street, a four lane street, when a trailer came loose from an eastbound pickup truck.  The trailer crossed over and struck the motorcycle holding the Kansas couple.

Both were airlifted to Via Christi Hospital at St. Francis in Wichita, where the where they perished shortly afterwards.  The couple leaves behind two children, ages five and seven.  Fortunately, the children were passengers on separate motorcycles during the accident and were not harmed.  A memorial fund has been established for these two children who just lost their parents.

The trailer has been seized by the police and an investigator will soon examine it in an attempt to determine what caused the trailer to come off the pickup.  The 6 by 12 foot trailer was hauling a riding lawnmower.  The trailer appeared to be homemade.  The ball on the pickup’s hitch was also confiscated for investigation.  It is not known whether a safety chain was used during towing.

This accident is one of hundreds occurring in the state of Kansas that involve trailers breaking loose from towing vehicles.  Since 2010, Kansas has had 534 accidents involving run away trailers.  Fifteen of these accidents resulted in the death of 21 individuals.

Common causes of runaway trailer accidents include:

  • Failure to attach the ball and hitch correctly: The driver of the towing vehicle may use the wrong parts or tools to attach the ball and hitch.  When the truck hits a bump or obstacle, or moves quickly the fastening device could unhitch.
  • Braking system failures: If the towing vehicle’s brakes fail when going down an incline, the vehicle and trailer may accelerate out of control and the trailer can become loose.
  • Improper maintenance: A trailer and its towing components must be maintained in safe condition.  Failure to inspect the hitch, ball bearing, and other towing parts could result in a runaway trailer.
  • Failure to use a safety chain: Safety chains are designed to increase the safety of towing trailers and decrease the chance of runaway trailers.  They are not always used, however.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a runaway trailer accident, contact a licensed accident attorney as soon as possible.  Vital evidence must be gathered immediately following this sort of accident to preserve your legal rights.

Contact Kansas City Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

Loose or runaway trailer accidents can lead to serious injuries and sometimes even death.  The Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney at the Lenexa, Kansas law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A.  understand the severe nature of such accidents and will fight to see that any victim of a runaway trailer accident receives the compensation they deserve.  For over 27 years, we have zealously represented the victims of all manner of accidents, from car and truck accidents to motorcycle and pedestrian accidents.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential accident 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.

 

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Car Accidents and Back Injuries

Thousands of car accidents occur each day.  Back injuries are among the most common of all injuries sustained by automobile accident victims.  Even a seemingly minor car accident can result in back injuries due to the jarring motion experienced during a crash.  The human body, and the spinal cord in particular, is not designed to absorb such a jar, even in low speed accidents.  Minor back injuries can have a significant impact on your daily life.  More serious back injuries can prove catastrophic, preventing you from being able to conduct basic living tasks or work duties.

Types of Back Injuries Following a Crash

The spinal cord can be divided into three regions: the neck or cervical vertebrae; the upper back or thoracic vertebrae; and the lower back or lumbar vertebrae.  Each of these sections of the back contain ligaments, discs, muscles, tendons, and nerves that when injured will cause varying degrees of pain and either temporary or permanent harm.

  1. Herniated Discs: Herniated discs are sustained by victims of many car accidents. Discs acts as cushions within the spine, separating vertebrae and insulating the spine.  A herniated disc occurs when a disc becomes displaced.  This displacement puts pressure on the spinal cord and causes intense pain and numbness in the legs.
  2. Thoracic Spine Injuries: Injuries to the upper or thoracic region of the back are generally the most serious.  The upper back connects the spine and the ribs.  Damage to this area most often occurs in high speed crashes.  Permanent nerve damage can be suffered in thoracic spine injuries.
  3. Spinal Cord Injuries: Injuries to the spine are among the most serious of back injuries.  These injuries range from bruising to permanent spinal cord damage, which will result in long term disability.  Spinal cord injuries often cause partial or total paralysis, loss of reflexes, or loss of feeling in certain regions of the body.  Treatment for spinal cord injuries generally requires surgery, medication, and much physical therapy.
  4. Lumbar Spine Injuries: The lumbar area contains most of the muscles necessary to provide stability to the rest of the body.  A strain or sprain to your lumbar back can be extremely painful.  Fractures in this region can result in swelling, bruising, tenderness, and limited movement.  These injuries often severely limit an individual’s ability to perform work or living tasks.

Following a car accident, your back injury will be evaluated to determine its severity.  Often, doctors will use x-rays, MRIs, myelograms bone scans, and CT scans to determine the severity of the back injuries.  Most back injuries will require physical therapy, pain medication, and chiropractic care.

Contact Kansas City Automobile Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation

Car accidents caused by negligent drivers or defective automobiles can inflict serious and sometimes permanent back injuries.  The back is a sensitive area of the body, easily injured in a crash.  Back injuries often require months or even years of treatment in the hopes of fully curing the ailment.  The Lenexa, Kansas City Personal injury Attorney at the law firm of Michael R. Lawless, P.A. is committed to helping you fight for your rights and legal interests. We will continue to fight for the recovery of accident victims injured in crashes caused by negligence as we have done for over 27 years.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential accident 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.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney States: Youth Sports Injuries are on the Rise

Youth sports have become extremely popular throughout the U.S., with the number of student athletes growing by the year.  Today, over 60% of all school aged children play some sort of sport outside of school.  This amounts to over 4.5 million children in the U.S. playing a youth sport each year.  While youth sports are just a fun hobby for some, other children quickly dream of the big leagues.  However, for an increasing number of young athletes, this dream is shattered due to serious injuries.

New studies demonstrate that an alarming 3.5 million school aged children are injured playing sports each year.  These injuries consist of more than minor bumps and bruises.  Over 1.35 million children become seriously injured playing sports, requiring a visit to the ER.  Across the U.S., a child athlete will visit the emergency room for a sports-related injury every 25 seconds.

While these statistics are troubling, perhaps even more concerning is the fact that the rate of youth sports injuries appears to be on the rise.  The number of injuries sustained by school aged athletes playing football and baseball has increased by 60% in just the past few years.

Young Athletes and Concussions

Concussions are one of the most serious injuries sustained by children sports players and they occur with regularity.  Almost 150,000 child and teen football players suffered a concussion last year alone.  Concussions account for nearly 15% of all emergency room visits.  The number of child football players suffering from concussions has doubled in the last decade.

High school football has actually become more dangerous than college football.  High school players sustain twice as many concussions as their college aged counterparts.  Further, while children generally heal quicker and more efficiently than adults, recovery from a concussion is an exception to this rule.  Children actually take longer to heal from a concussion than adults.  This increased recovery period is due to the fact that children’s brains are still maturing and thus more vulnerable to brain injury.

The dangers associated with concussions have caught national attention with the recent NFL litigation and several high profile, serious injuries occurring to football players, young and old.  In response to the new evidence as to the dangers of concussions and the rising rates of injury among young sports players, President Obama has scheduled a conference to discuss the issue and strategize ways to make sports safer for children.  The conference will be held on May 29, 2014, and is slated to include athletes, parents, children, coaches, and experts.  It is entitled the “Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit,” and the President hopes it will lead to new commitments from both the public and private sector to research and prevent sports related concussions.

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

If your child has experienced an injury while playing youth sports, Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas Personal Injury attorney with more than 27 years of experience helping his clients receive the compensation they deserve.  Michael R. Lawless is a personal injury attorney with extensive expertise and knowledge in the field of sports related injuries.  As a parent himself, Michael Lawless knows how devastating it can be to see your child suffer an injury.  He will aggressively fight to see that your child is provided with the medical care and financial compensation to which he or she is entitled.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case, contact Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney 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.

 

Overland Park, Kansas Dog Leash Laws – What You Should Know

Many Overland Park residents share their lives with man’s best friend.  Having a dog around is like having an additional family member, and dogs are certainly an important part of many peoples’ lives.  However, dog ownership requires that owners be responsible when traveling with their dogs in public.  Most cities have leash laws that govern when and in what manner a dog owner is required to have his or her dog on a leash.

The city of Overland Park requires that all dogs be on a leash that is no longer than ten feet long when the dogs are not confined to a cage, residence, or backyard.  Dog owners who violate Overland Park’s leash law may be subject to fine of at least $100.  This is quite a hefty fine for a dog leash violation, however, Overland Park wants to deter dog owners from allowing their dogs to run loose and become a threat to other people and animals.

The City of Overland Park does not have any off-leash parks, however, Johnson County does provide off-leash parks, with one located in Overland Park.  Off-leash parks provide dog owners with the opportunity to allow their dogs to run freely, but they still must do so responsibly.  Any dog bite, whether or not a dog is on or off leash, can result in serious injuries that leave innocent victims potentially scarred for life.  Dog owners must ensure that they comply with Overland Park leash laws, and ensure their dogs are not a risk to others.  For example, if a dog owner is aware that his or her dog is potentially dangerous, or prone to biting or growling, that dog owner must take extra measures to ensure the public is protected from the potentially dangerous dog.

If you are bitten by another person’s dog while the dog was off-leash, not only would the dog owner be liable to the city for violating the leash law, but the dog owner would also be liable to you for the harm you have suffered as a result of the dog bite.  There are always small exceptions to every rule, therefore, it is important that you speak with an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney who can evaluate your particular case in great detail.  Further, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney shortly after the dog bite has occurred, because your memory is much fresher, and witnesses may be more available.

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

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite in Kansas, you may be entitled to compensation.  All dog owners have a duty to ensure their dogs do not harm innocent victims.  In Kansas, dog owners are strictly liable when their dogs bite or attack other individuals or animals.  A dog bite can leave you or your loved one with a mountain of medical expenses, potentially lost wages for being out of work, and the emotional harm that goes along with suffering permanent scars or disfigurement.  It is important that you consult with a Kansas personal injury attorney who has extensive experience handling dog bite cases.  Kansas personal injury attorney Michael R. Lawless has over 27 years of experience helping his injured clients receive the compensation they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential dog bite case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling us 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 contact you as soon as possible.

Overland Park, Kansas Dog Leash Laws – What You Should Know

Many Overland Park residents share their lives with man’s best friend.  Having a dog around is like having an additional family member, and dogs are certainly an important part of many peoples’ lives.  However, dog ownership requires that owners be responsible when traveling with their dogs in public.  Most cities have leash laws that govern when and in what manner a dog owner is required to have his or her dog on a leash.

The city of Overland Park requires that all dogs be on a leash that is no longer than ten feet long when the dogs are not confined to a cage, residence, or backyard.  Dog owners who violate Overland Park’s leash law may be subject to fine of at least $100.  This is quite a hefty fine for a dog leash violation, however, Overland Park wants to deter dog owners from allowing their dogs to run loose and become a threat to other people and animals.

The City of Overland Park does not have any off-leash parks, however, Johnson County does provide off-leash parks, with one located in Overland Park.  Off-leash parks provide dog owners with the opportunity to allow their dogs to run freely, but they still must do so responsibly.  Any dog bite, whether or not a dog is on or off leash, can result in serious injuries that leave innocent victims potentially scarred for life.  Dog owners must ensure that they comply with Overland Park leash laws, and ensure their dogs are not a risk to others.  For example, if a dog owner is aware that his or her dog is potentially dangerous, or prone to biting or growling, that dog owner must take extra measures to ensure the public is protected from the potentially dangerous dog.

If you are bitten by another person’s dog while the dog was off-leash, not only would the dog owner be liable to the city for violating the leash law, but the dog owner would also be liable to you for the harm you have suffered as a result of the dog bite.  There are always small exceptions to every rule, therefore, it is important that you speak with an experienced Kansas personal injury attorney who can evaluate your particular case in great detail.  Further, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney shortly after the dog bite has occurred, because your memory is much fresher, and witnesses may be more available.

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

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite in Kansas, you may be entitled to compensation.  All dog owners have a duty to ensure their dogs do not harm innocent victims.  In Kansas, dog owners are strictly liable when their dogs bite or attack other individuals or animals.  A dog bite can leave you or your loved one with a mountain of medical expenses, potentially lost wages for being out of work, and the emotional harm that goes along with suffering permanent scars or disfigurement.  It is important that you consult with a Kansas personal injury attorney who has extensive experience handling dog bite cases.  Kansas personal injury attorney Michael R. Lawless has over 27 years of experience helping his injured clients receive the compensation they deserve.  To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential dog bite case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA today by calling us 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 contact you as soon as possible.

The “One Bite” Rule in Kansas for Dog Bite Accidents

Owning a dog can bring a family closer together. It can provide companionship for parents and kids alike. A dog can protect its family and provide joy in our lives. However, we all must remember that dogs are animals with instincts that go back for generations. Humans have domesticated what once was a wild animal. Therefore, dog owners must always be cautious and ensure their dogs are properly trained and socialized in order to decrease the chances that a dog bite accident may occur.

Under Kansas law, the common law rule regarding dog bites applies. If a dog owner knows, or has reason to know that his or her dog is dangerous, then the dog owner is therefore put on notice that the dog may attack or bite another pet or person upon contact. For example, if you own a dog and your dog growls or snaps at another person, this is sufficient to know that your dog is potentially dangerous. Thus, the owner is given “one bite,” or one warning that he or she will be liable for any future bites. However, it is important to understand that if a dog does bite or attack an individual, and the individual suffers an injury as a result, the owner is liable regardless of whether or not the owner was aware the dog was potentially dangerous.

A dog owner should be aware that his or her dog is potentially dangerous if the dog has a tendency to growl, snap or jump on other people, even if the dog does not actually bite. For example, if a dog frantically barks in its own backyard along the fence, and growls at people walking by on the visible sidewalk, this may be sufficient for the owner to be aware the dog is potentially dangerous. Further, if a dog jumps and knocks someone over, but does not bite, if that person is injured, the owner may be liable for the injuries.

What We Can Do To Prevent Dog Bites?

In order to minimize the serious injuries and deaths that occur everywhere across the United States from dog bites, dog owners must be overly cautious. This means that if an owner has even the slightest feeling that his or her dog may be aggressive towards others, it is best not to allow the dog to come into close contact with others. However, if a dog is socialized from an early age, this may prevent the dog from showing signs of aggression in adulthood. Socialization while on leash is the best thing dog owners can do, encouraging their dogs to be friendly with others (i.e., praising a dog for showing positive behaviors towards another pet or person. The bottom line is that dogs can be unpredictable due to their nature as animals, and dog bites are dangerous incidents that all dog owners need to take very seriously.

Contact Michael R. Lawless, PA Today To Schedule A Free Consultation

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite, you are entitled to compensation. Dog bites can cause permanent scarring and leave you in a state of emotional distress – thereafter leaving you afraid to interact with most dogs. To find out more about your potential personal injury claim for being injured as a result of a dog bite, you should speak with Attorney Michael R. Lawless as soon as possible. With 27 years of legal experience, Michael R. Lawless has the skill and knowledge to represent his clients to the fullest. He will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, contact our office today by calling our Lenexa, Kansas office at (913)-681-5566. You may also reach us by calling our toll-free number at 1 (800)-734-3771, or you may contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

The “One Bite” Rule in Kansas for Dog Bite Accidents

Owning a dog can bring a family closer together. It can provide companionship for parents and kids alike. A dog can protect its family and provide joy in our lives. However, we all must remember that dogs are animals with instincts that go back for generations. Humans have domesticated what once was a wild animal. Therefore, dog owners must always be cautious and ensure their dogs are properly trained and socialized in order to decrease the chances that a dog bite accident may occur.

Under Kansas law, the common law rule regarding dog bites applies. If a dog owner knows, or has reason to know that his or her dog is dangerous, then the dog owner is therefore put on notice that the dog may attack or bite another pet or person upon contact. For example, if you own a dog and your dog growls or snaps at another person, this is sufficient to know that your dog is potentially dangerous. Thus, the owner is given “one bite,” or one warning that he or she will be liable for any future bites. However, it is important to understand that if a dog does bite or attack an individual, and the individual suffers an injury as a result, the owner is liable regardless of whether or not the owner was aware the dog was potentially dangerous.

A dog owner should be aware that his or her dog is potentially dangerous if the dog has a tendency to growl, snap or jump on other people, even if the dog does not actually bite. For example, if a dog frantically barks in its own backyard along the fence, and growls at people walking by on the visible sidewalk, this may be sufficient for the owner to be aware the dog is potentially dangerous. Further, if a dog jumps and knocks someone over, but does not bite, if that person is injured, the owner may be liable for the injuries.

What We Can Do To Prevent Dog Bites?

In order to minimize the serious injuries and deaths that occur everywhere across the United States from dog bites, dog owners must be overly cautious. This means that if an owner has even the slightest feeling that his or her dog may be aggressive towards others, it is best not to allow the dog to come into close contact with others. However, if a dog is socialized from an early age, this may prevent the dog from showing signs of aggression in adulthood. Socialization while on leash is the best thing dog owners can do, encouraging their dogs to be friendly with others (i.e., praising a dog for showing positive behaviors towards another pet or person. The bottom line is that dogs can be unpredictable due to their nature as animals, and dog bites are dangerous incidents that all dog owners need to take very seriously.

Contact Michael R. Lawless, PA Today To Schedule A Free Consultation

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite, you are entitled to compensation. Dog bites can cause permanent scarring and leave you in a state of emotional distress – thereafter leaving you afraid to interact with most dogs. To find out more about your potential personal injury claim for being injured as a result of a dog bite, you should speak with Attorney Michael R. Lawless as soon as possible. With 27 years of legal experience, Michael R. Lawless has the skill and knowledge to represent his clients to the fullest. He will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule your free consultation, contact our office today by calling our Lenexa, Kansas office at (913)-681-5566. You may also reach us by calling our toll-free number at 1 (800)-734-3771, or you may contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.