Being attacked and bitten by a dog is something that occurs thousands of times each day in the United States. Thankfully, many of these injuries are minor and require only minimal medical treatment.
However, some dog bite injuries result in serious injuries that require major medical treatment. You may have sustained dog bite injuries in Arkansas that have led to long-term, serious injuries.
No dog bite statute
You may wonder what Arkansas law has to say about this. Does Arkansas have a dog bite law?
At the present time, Arkansas does not have a “dog bite” or “dangerous dog” statute like some other states have. However, a dog owner may still be liable for injuries that are brought about by their dog. In Arkansas, this comes under the heading of general common law negligence principles.
In Arkansas, a dog owner is required to have reasonable control over their dog. A dog owner may then be held accountable if their dog causes injuries to a person. A dog owner may be held in strict liability if they knew, or had reason to know, that their dog had a dangerous propensity that could result in injuries to a person.
Something can be done
If you have received dog bite injuries in Arkansas, you may think there is nothing you can do about it since Arkansas does not have a dog bite law. You may think that you have no recourse for being compensated for your dog bite injuries in Arkansas.
However, as stated earlier, dog bites in Arkansas come under a common liability law. This common liability law says that if you have been injured from dog bites, you can recover damages from the owner of the dog.
In order for you to be able to be compensated for dog bite injuries in Arkansas, you have to prove that your injuries resulted from the negligence of the dog owner. In addition to this, you may be able to apply the strict liability theory. In order to do this, you have to prove that the dog owner had prior knowledge of the dog’s dangerous propensity or that the dog is a species that is regarded as vicious.
Illegal to hide or sell
You also need to know that it is illegal in Arkansas for the owner of a dog to try and hide or sell that dog after it has injured a person. The dog owner of the dog that bit you is also required to report the attack to the authorities and failure to do this may lead to penalties and fines. The dog that attacked you also has to be confined by a veterinarian or animal compound for a period of 10 days.
It would not be a wise idea to try and recover damages that you have suffered from dog bite injuries in Arkansas, yourself. You are going to need the help and assistance of a personal injury lawyer. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, you may be able to recover current medical bills, treatment costs in the future, pain and suffering and lost wages if you had to miss work due to your dog bite injuries in Arkansas.
Time does matter. There are time limitations for recovering damages from dog bite injuries in Arkansas. Contact a personal injury lawyer, now.