• Ankeny Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
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When a dog causes injury, Ankeny dog bite injury lawyers become reliable allies for the victims. Specializing in the intricate legal aspects of animal-related incidents, these advocates adeptly manage the complexities of liability and compensation. Their goal is to ensure that those who have suffered harm receive the justice and support they deserve.

In Iowa, pursuing a dog bite claim involves understanding the state's strict liability statute and the evidence required to substantiate your claim. Under Iowa law, dog owners are held strictly liable for damages caused by their dogs, making it crucial for victims to understand the nuances of evidence required under both statutory and case law.

Understanding Strict Liability in Iowa

Iowa operates under a strict liability statute for dog bites, meaning the dog owner is liable for all damages caused by the dog unless the victim was performing an illegal act at the time of the attack. This statute simplifies the process for victims, as they do not need to prove the owner's negligence. However, evidence is still required to substantiate the claim.

Evidence Necessary Under Statutory Law

If you are pursuing a dog bite claim under statutory law in Iowa, you need to provide the following evidence:

1. Identification of the Dog: You must prove that the dog in question was the one that bit you.
2. Injury Documentation: Evidence that you suffered injuries as a result of the bite or attack.
3. Legality of Actions: Proof that you were not engaging in any illegal activity at the time of the bite or attack.

These three elements are crucial, and fulfilling them should suffice under the strict liability statute. 

Evidence Necessary Under Case Law

Recovering damages under case law, or common law, requires establishing the negligence of the dog owner. This approach can potentially allow you to recover a greater amount of damages, including for pain and suffering. To prove negligence, you need to demonstrate the following:

1. Knowledge of Danger: The owner knew or should have known about the dog's dangerous nature.
2. Failure to Act: The owner failed to take appropriate action to prevent the dog bite or attack.
3. Causation: The dangerous dog bit or attacked you.
4. Resulting Injuries: You suffered injuries due to the bite or attack.

Establishing these points can help you recover damages for the full extent of your injuries.

Common Types of Dog Bite Infections

Dog bite infections are a significant concern and can complicate injury claims. Common pathogens from dog bites include Capnocytophaga, Pasteurella multocida, Pasteurella canis, and various Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species. Infections can escalate quickly, so it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly after a bite.

Risk Factors for Dog Bite Infections

Certain individuals are more susceptible to infections from dog bites, including those with chronic diseases, suppressed immune systems, or those who engage in poor wound care. Recognizing symptoms such as swelling, redness, fever, and discharge is essential for timely medical intervention.

Filing a Dog Bite Claim in Iowa

Victims of dog bites in Iowa can file a claim to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring, and emotional distress. The state’s strict liability law facilitates this process by holding dog owners accountable in most situations. 

However, the law exempts cases where the victim was performing an illegal act or where the dog had rabies and the owner was unaware of the condition. Filing a claim within two years of the incident is crucial, as failure to do so forfeits the right to benefits.

How an Attorney Can Help

Given the complexity of dog bite claims and the evidence required, consulting an experienced attorney can be beneficial. An attorney can assist with gathering evidence, documenting injuries, and navigating the legal process to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. 

For the complete list of things you should do if bitten by a dog you can request our FREE book, "Iowa Consumer's Guide to Dog Bites- Secrets to Not Get Bitten by Your Case" which is available to you with no risk or obligation by clicking here or by calling 641-792-3595

Why offer a Free Dog Bite Book?  Since 1997, I have been representing injured Iowans, including many dog bite victims from central Iowa and throughout the state.  I have heard too many horror stories about people making costly mistakes, causing them to lose thousands of dollars.  Before you talk to the insurance company you should know your rights and perhaps more importantly your responsibilities.   

If you need immediate assistance, contact us online or call us at (641) 792-3595. If you are not local to us, we will come to you.