Dogs can be amazing pets.  We’ve all heard stories about dogs that go to amazing lengths to rescue a child or help their owner.  However, each year 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs.  Approximately 800,000 of these bites are serious enough to require medical care. Dog attack injuries can include:
• Facial and body lacerations
• Cuts
• Puncture wounds
• Loss of tissue
• Bone fractures
• Strains or sprains
• Infections
• Scarring
• Avulsions
• Disfigurement

Often these injuries are very serious and require extended medical care and rehabilitation.  The victim may also suffer psychological effects from the trauma of the attack.
Missouri is a strict-liability state.  That means that if a dog bites without provocation, the dog owner is liable for the injuries.  We include dog bites under premises liability because a property owner as the duty to ensure that anyone legally on the property is safe from injury; this includes dog attacks.
“273.036. 1. The owner or possessor of any dog that bites, without provocation, any person while such person is on public property, or lawfully on private property, including the property of the owner or possessor of the dog, is strictly liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's or possessor's knowledge of such viciousness. Owners and possessors of dogs shall also be strictly liable for any damage to property or livestock proximately caused by their dogs. If it is determined that the damaged party had fault in the incident, any damages owed by the owner or possessor of the biting dog shall be reduced by the same percentage that the damaged party's fault contributed to the incident.”

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