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Dog Bite Lawyer

An attack from a dog can be terrifying – and can leave both physical and psychological scars

Attorney William R. Kendall can negotiate pre-trial settlement or pursue legal damages to hold an owner accountable for dog bite injuries

Learn how our Reno, NV, law firm can help victims of attacks recover...

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Injuries Sustained in a Dog Bite or Attack

All sorts of injuries may be sustained if you're attacked by an animal. Our Reno law firm will account for medical treatment and long-term rehabilitation when seeking compensation for dog bite injuries such as:

Puncture Wounds

Puncture wounds are common from dog bites. Their teeth can break the skin and harm underlying soft tissue. The severity of these injuries varies on the breed of dog and nature of the attack.

Disfigurement

Catastrophic wounds in an animal attack can result in disfigurement. While reconstructive surgery repair damaged skin to some extent, dog attack survivors may have visible scars for the rest of their lives.

Rabies and Infection

Rabies is a viral inflammation of the brain. In addition to rabies, dogs can pass other types of infections via saliva. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infections occur in up to 15 percent of dog bites.

Emotional Trauma

Not all wounds in an animal attack involve infections and disfigurement. The psychological scars of these incidents can be damaging, especially in children. Therapy and counseling may be required for survivors.

Speak with a Skilled Attorney Who Will Fight for You and Your Family

The people of Reno have a caring and compassionate legal advocate in William R. Kendall. Clients interact directly with Mr. Kendall, which helps ensure trust and open communication at all times during your case.

Mr. Kendall has worked on personal injury cases since 1994, and brings three decades of legal experience to every case he works on. To better serve the community, he offers free legal consultations. Having a skilled lawyer provide an honest assessment of your case at no cost can put your injuries and hardships in perspective.

If you live in Western Nevada and need to speak with a lawyer about a dog bite or pet attack, contact the Law Office of William R. Kendall. You can also reach us by phone at:

(775) 324-6464

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Bill Kendall is an amazing lawyer. Through my whole case he gave me the peace of mind knowing that someone was always there looking out for my best interests. Whenever I called, it was Bill that answered the phone, not an exchange, a clerk, or a receptionist. Not having to talk to clerks or receptionists, leave messages, then wait, is one of the things that made working with Bill so awesome. If I could leave 6 stars I would.

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Mr. Kendall worked extremely well for my case I was very please. He has this pleasantness about himself that makes you feel that you that you can trust he is going to do the best for you. I would recommend Mr. Kendall to anyone who’s looking for an attorney who will fight on their behalf because that’s who Mr. Kendall is. Thank you Bill for helping me with my case. I knew you could do it. It was a struggle. Thank you.

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What You Should Do After a Dog Bite or Attack

Following a dog attack or animal bite, it's important to document the injury and take steps to ensure your well-being. Here are practical actions our Reno law office recommends after suffering a dog bite.

Identify the Dog Owner

If possible in the moment, identify the dog and the dog's owner, and get their contact information.

Obtain Witness Information

If there are any witnesses to the dog bite, obtain their contact information to corroborate your story.

Document the Injury

Take photos of your wounds and the location of the attack.You may also want to photograph the dog.

Seek Medical Attention

Seek medical attention to have your dog bite wounds treated and to avoid rabies and other infections.

Make a Dog Bite Report

File a dog bite report with police or with animal control, noting wounds, infection, and the circumstances.

Consult an Attorney

Finally, speak with a lawyer about the dog attack and if there are legal options worth pursuing.

Proving a Dog Bite Claim What Must Be Established

When pursuing a dog bite lawsuit, it's crucial to establish certain facts in order to improve your case's chances of success. During your free legal consultation at our Reno office, we can discuss this in more detail.

Dangerous Behavior by Dog

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If the dog acted in a dangerous manner or exhibited dangerous behavior in the past (the aforementioned one bite rule), the owner may be held liable for the attack.

Owner Contributed to Attack

The owner's own actions in the moment or in the past may have prompted an animal to bite or attack another person. In such cases, the owner is legally liable.

Owner Failed to Prevent Attack

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Owners are also liable if they ignored Washoe County leash laws or failed to intervene while their dog displayed aggressive behaviors that presage an attack.

How a Dog Bite Attorney Can Help Hold Negligent Dog Owners Accountable

Whenever you're pursuing legal action, it's essential to have a skilled lawyer on your side. Our Reno law office stands with victims and survivors, offering sound counsel and peace of mind.

Understanding of the Law

A skilled personal injury lawyer will be familiar with Nevada state law and Washoe County statutes related to dog attacks and pet owner liability. Your lawyer will also note important filing deadlines for your case.

Settlements and Legal Damages

Your lawyer will help negotiate a fair settlement to cover medical bills associated with the bite. If a settlement can't be reached, your lawyer will seek damages in trial to address the hardships caused by the bite.

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Bill has been my attorney since at least 2004. He has successfully settled two accident cases for me here in Reno. His advice has always been good and I would recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer.

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A down to earth lawyer. If he doesn't have an answer, he will work to find one. Very impressive work. A true expert in his field.

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William R. Kendall, Esq.

Law Office of William R. Kendall

The Law Office of William R. Kendall has served the legal needs of Reno, NV, for over 25 years. As your personal injury lawyer, Bill Kendall can provide his counsel for a range of legal issues including:

  • Car Accidents
  • Casino Injuries 
  • Slip and Fall
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Truck Accidents

To schedule a free consultation today, contact Bill Kendall online or call (775) 324-6464​.

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"We have used Bill's services through the years. You will not find an attorney more professional, honest and caring. He has consistently resolved our issues. We would highly recommend his services to all." Deborah D.
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