Strict Liability in Nebraska Dog Bite Law

July 25, 2017 Compensation

Dog bites can cause serious and long-lasting harm. A dog bite can cause scarring, serious infections, and long-lasting psychological trauma. In many cases, the worst scars occur on the hands and face, leaving victims with disfiguration that may adversely affect their self-image or the way they are perceived by others.

If you are bitten, it is very important that you receive prompt medical attention and have regular checkups to document the progress of your treatment. This is important first and foremost for your health. Documentation of the medical treatment you needed is also important for your legal standing. If you need to file a lawsuit, these medical records will be important evidence to help you demonstrate the severity of your injuries so that you can get the just compensation you deserve.

Nebraska Dog Bite Law

Under Nebraska’s law, dogs and other pets are considered to be the personal property of their owners. The law makes owner(s) of any dog strictly liable for injuries to any person (other than a trespasser) as a result of the bite and injuries that resulted from being chased by the dog. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 54-601.

Nebraska’s dog bite law imposes strict liability on dog owners. This means that owners are legally liable for the injuries their dog causes regardless of whether or not they intended for their dog to cause harm, or if the dog had bitten before.

Dog Owners Are Responsible to Pay For Injuries

When a dog attacks, the owner is responsible for paying compensation to the victim. Owners are liable for any injuries, even if the dog was merely playing, or jumped up on a person to greet them. Often the payment is covered by homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance, condominium insurance, or by a landlord’s insurance policy.

The experienced attorneys of Matthew G. Miller represent victims of dog bites and animal attacks. We can help you recover fair and just compensation when you have been injured by an animal. Call our office today (402)558-4900 to schedule a free personal injury case consultation to discuss your dog bite claim.

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