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Owner’s liability for dog bite injuries in Iowa

A large majority of the population in the Des Moines area own a dog. Dogs are like family for many people and are treated well. Most of the time dogs and people get along just fine but occasionally an unexpected dog bite injury occurs. Some dogs can be aggressive and appear to attack a person for no reason at all. They may not be on a leash, they may be walking with their owner and attack, or they may bite someone who is visiting their home. A dog bite can be a serious injury both medically and emotionally for a victim. In some cases, a dog owner can be held accountable for their negligence surrounding the dog bite.

Those who have been bitten by a dog understand how scary the incident can be. A dog bite can have serious and life-altering consequences. The bite wound can get infected, there can be extensive lacerations, scarring, disfigurement and a lifetime of mental distress. When a child is bitten by a dog, the consequences can be even greater.

If a person has suffered a dog bite injury, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in Iowa dog bites. An attorney can investigate how the dog bite occurred, who owns the aggressive dog, and who should be held accountable. Iowa law allows a dog bite victim to recover compensation for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of bodily functions, and other damages.

A dog bite can have lifetime consequences for a victim. It is important that a dog bite victim understand that they have legal rights and that a dog owner can be held liable for their negligence.

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