West Helena Dog Bite Lawyer
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The state of Arkansas is different than many others in that it does not have a specific statute regarding injuries incurred from dogs. However, if you were bitten or attacked by a dog, this does not mean that you don’t have any legal options. Pet owners have a responsibility to properly restrain their dogs and take precautions to keep others safe. When they fail to do so, and you or a loved one are injured as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our West Helena dog bite attorney can help you examine your legal options based on your unique circumstances. No matter how complex or difficult the situation, we are prepared to aggressively advocate for you, both in and out of the courtroom.
Dog Bite Laws in Arkansas
Individuals who suffer dog bites in Arkansas can take legal action against the dog’s owner under the rule of negligence “per se.” Negligence “per se” typically allows an injured victim to argue that the owner of the dog was negligent as a result of failing to follow a local or state law. For instance, if a dog owner allowed his or her dog to run off leash in a public, leash-only park, and the dog attacked or bit another individual, the dog owner can be held liable.
Dog owners can also be held liable for damages in the state of Arkansas under any of the following circumstances:
- The dog injures or kills any domestic animal
- The owner knew or had reason to know the dog was dangerous
- The attack resulted in serious, catastrophic injury or death
- The owner allows the dog to attack or bite someone
Arkansas is one of the only states in which someone can file criminal charges against a dog owner. Various, specific circumstances must have occurred for a criminal charge to be filed. Our West Helena dog bite attorney can help you assess your options.
Sound Legal Guidance. Aggressive Advocacy.
At Stoner Law, we understand the serious, lasting repercussions of a dog attack. Not only are you dealing with severe injuries, you are also likely suffering from emotional distress and trauma as well. This is often especially pronounced in young children who are bitten or attacked by a dog. If you or your loved one was bitten by a dog and you believe the owner acted negligently, our firm can help you fight for your rights. We offer compassionate, personalized legal services coupled with aggressive representation in both settlement and trial.