Things to Know about Dog Bite Liability and Iowa Animal Laws

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that dogs bite more than 4.7 million people every year, and that most of the victims seeking medical attention are children.

Iowa is a strict liability state. That means when a dog attacks a person it’s a case of dog bite liability for the owner. If you are attacked or your loved one is bitten by a dog, the owner is liable for damages. Unlike other personal injury situations, you don't have to prove that the owner was reckless or negligent.

Iowa Code Section 351.28 contains the Iowa dog laws; it says that the owner of a dog is "liable to an injured party for all damages done by the dog."

Iowa animal laws entitle victims to recover several types of damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and loss of future wages or earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of full mind and body
  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Damage to a child or marital relationship
  • Death

 If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog we're sure you have questions about:

  • your rights?
  • your responsibilities?
  • damages available?
  • secrets to not hurting your case?

Our attorneys can help you consider your legal options and find answers to common questions following a dog bite. After a dog attack you may be seeking compensation for your damages, injuries and emotional suffering. Cases of dog bite liability revolve around these questions, and you’ll probably want legal help for your claim. There are plenty of injury attorneys in Iowa, but not every Iowa lawyer can help with dog bite cases like the team at Walker, Billingsley & Bair.  Our attorneys have helped hundreds of people injured by dogs and will talk with you for FREE about your case.

Our Dog Bite Attorneys Can Protect Your Rights

We have seen too many good cases damaged because Iowans don't know their rights and responsibilities in the case of a dog bite or attack. Simple but common mistakes can do a lot of damage to your dog bite case. That's why we believe all Iowans deserve to have the facts, even before they hire an attorney.

Whether you hire us or not, our mission is to educate Iowans about Iowa's dog bite laws because we have seen firsthand how good people are treated badly by insurance companies. It is our duty as attorneys in Iowa to educate others on what to do after a dog attacks a person. This duty has led us to write a book on Iowa dog bite cases.

Iowa Consumer's Guide to Dog Bites

If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite or attack in Iowa, then you should request our Iowa Dog Bite Book at no cost, risk or obligation. Just click on the book image or call 641-792-3595.


Our book reveals the common mistakes made by Iowans who have been bitten or attacked by a dog and much, much more such as: 

  • 8 Things to do if Bitten or Attacked
  • 3 Ways to Avoid an Attack
  • Should You Give a Recorded Statement?
  • 6 Things to Know Before Talking to the Insurance Adjustor or Hiring an Attorney

When someone's dog attacks a person it can be an overwhelming emotional experience:

  • the shock of being attacked;
  • the fear of major medical complications, infection, or death; and
  • the heartbreak of possible disfigurement for life.

When you are faced with medical bills, lost wages, permanent injury, and psychological stress, you are still shaken but feel you need to act quickly, hire an Iowa lawyer, and hold the owner accountable for the attack...


Before you sign any documents for the insurance company, hire an attorney, or make a major mistake in your Iowa dog attack case, consider educating yourself with our Iowa Dog Bite Book offered at no cost.

Contact the Dog Attack Attorney Team at Walker, Billingsley & Bair

When you hire a lawyer from our firm, we will ensure your case is handled the right way from the start. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in all matters regarding the Iowa dog bite laws and Iowa animal laws. Our team will explain the legal process to you, return your calls promptly, and send you copies of important letters and medical information. We use the latest computer technology to efficiently manage your case and communicate quickly and effectively.

For immediate assistance, Call Corey Walker or Erik Bair at 641-792-3595 or fill out our online contact form and get the information you need.

Call us now to set up a consultation with attorneys in one of our offices throughout the state.