Dogs are wonderful, protective pets, but under some conditions a dog owner may not properly train their animal or keep the dog in an enclosed yard which may allow them to escape and harm an innocent human being or pet. When this occurs, the victim may be able to file a Nebraska dog bite lawsuit against the guilty dog owner.
Filing a lawsuit accomplishes two things. It allows a victim to potentially receive financial compensation that can be used to cover the costs of their medical bills, any surgeries required, and any time spent off work. Additionally, filing a lawsuit helps send a message the dog owner can’t ignore. That message is simple and states that pet owners must be responsible for their pets. Dogs, like all pets, must be trained to behave unless they feel they are being harmed. If they cannot be trained, they must be restrained.
If your injury occurred in the state of Nebraska, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the dog owner with the help of an Omaha, NE dog bite lawyer. Dog bite lawsuits cover all injuries received from dogs or other animals. If a stranger’s dog knocks you over and seriously injures you in the process, for example, this would count. Any injuries that occur to pets or livestock additionally count.
What You Need to Know About Nebraska Dog Bite Lawsuits
Dog bite laws differ slightly from state to state. In the state of Nebraska, a dog bite or injury victim has a period of 4 years from the time of the injury to file a lawsuit. This is what’s commonly referred to as a statute of limitations. If a claim is not filed within this period, you will be unable to file one.
Nebraska law states that two points must be true to file a dog bite lawsuit against an owner:
- The dog injured the person filing the lawsuit, their livestock, or their pet
- The victim was not trespassing at the time of the attack or provoking the animal
Some Nebraska dog bite case results (2009’s Underhill v. Hobelman, for instance) suggest that when a dog injures a victim while they are “playing”, the injury still counts as an attack and may be eligible for a lawsuit. If a dog owner is aware that their pet may cause injury while playing, they need to warn or protect the victim from their dog. This specification may not be an absolute rule for all dog bite cases, however.
Get Help from an Omaha Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or someone you love was seriously injured by someone else’s dog, you may be comforted to know that you do have legal options. Pet owners have an obligation to protect strangers and visitors from their animals. Just as a property owner must keep their property safe, a dog owner must keep their animal from injuring others. It’s a responsibility all owners share.
Welsh & Welsh, a law firm located in Omaha, NE, is dedicated to helping clients win difficult cases in court. Contact our office today to be paired with an Omaha, NE dog bite lawyer who will be happy to tell you the merits of your case and help you recover from an injury that shouldn’t have occurred.