Were You Bitten by a Dog in Topeka?
Get the Compensation You Deserve with Attorney Fincher
They may be man’s best friend, but friendly canines can quickly become
vicious animals with hardly any warning. Dog bites, no matter how serious,
can warrant compensation if they occur under certain circumstances. At
Roger Fincher, Attorney at Law, our goal is to assess the specifics of
your injury and determine the most effective way to pursue justice.
Many dog bite victims hesitate to seek legal representation because they
feel that their case is too trivial. Our firm knows differently. Negligent
owners should be held accountable for the behavior of their pets and that
is where we come in. While you recover, our Topeka
personal injury attorney will work tirelessly to achieve the outcome you need.
Use our online case evaluation form to schedule your free consultation!
Owner Liability Under the One Bite Rule
Over 100 years ago, Kansas adopted the “one bite rule” for
dog bite incidents. This means that an owner is liable for injuries caused
by their dog only if the owner knew or had reason to know that their dog
was dangerous. Given the fact that this law is far from black and white,
it can be difficult to successfully pin liability on the owner without
Factors that can indicate a dog’s dangerousness include:
- Previous bites
- Jumping on people
- Threatening people
- Barking at strangers
- Complaints about the dog
- Fighting with other dogs
The more conclusively you prove that the owner should have known that the
dog was capable of biting, the better your chances of recovering compensation
for your injuries. Compensation can cover the cost of medical bills, lost
wages, and pain and suffering.
Take Action with a Personal Injury Lawyer
While certain breeds are certainly more capable of biting people, seemingly
friendly dogs are not exempt from causing harm. Whether you were bit by
a pit bull or a golden retriever, it is imperative that you seek legal
counsel before it is too late. Kansas gives victims two years to file
a claim and this time can pass quickly.
Our firm is grounded in more than 20 years of experience and moves swiftly
on behalf of our clients.
Get in touch with us today for representation throughout Topeka!