Attorney David J. King


Dog Bite Attorneys Can File Claims For Those Injured

Animals are unpredictable — even a well-trained dog can lash out unexpectedly when it’s hurt or feels threatened, or has been abused, or for many other reasons. There’s no easy way for a passerby to know if an animal poses a threat, and often pet owners themselves don’t realize that their dog poses a safety risk to those around it. Dog bite injury attorney David J. King can help you navigate these laws and file the appropriate claim.

Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bites

At the King Law Firm, P.C., we know that animal attacks are terrifying and that the dog bite laws can be confusing. For answers to your specific questions, we offer a free consultation with a dog bite lawyer who can answer any additional questions that you have and tell you more about how we can help you with your case.

What should I do if a dog bites my child?

If your child is bitten by a dog, you should do is seek medical assistance for your child and follow any instructions or advice from your child’s medical staff. If possible, try to determine who owns the dogs. You should also report the incident to the police. Finally, it is helpful to seek the advice of a lawyer, especially if you think that you may have to file a claim on the dog owner’s insurance policy. This is a common problem, so many law firms in the country have dog bite attorneys.

Does South Dakota have a ‘one bite’ rule?

The state of South Dakota does have a one bite rule. This means that if a dog attacks a victim, and it is the first time the dog has ever attacked someone, the dog’s owner may not be liable for any damages. According to this rule, when a dog bites someone for the first time, going forward, the owner has notice that their dog is potentially dangerous and a reason to know to protect others. A failure to do so could be considered negligence.

What kinds of damages can a dog bite victim sue for?

The types of damages you can receive for a dog bite will depend upon the injuries you or your loved one sustained. Like any personal injury case, compensatory damages for medical bills, missed income and pain and suffering could all be awarded in a dog bite case. Punitive damages, or damages meant to punish the negligent party, may be available if the owner both knew that the dog was vicious and had a history of attacking people, and acted recklessly by failing to take the necessary precautions to keep others safe.

Types Of Dog Bite Injuries

One of the most common types of injury we see in South Dakota and Iowa is violent attacks by dogs or other pets on innocent victims. These incidents result in injuries ranging from minor skin punctures and rabies transmission to long-term injuries and permanent disfigurement. If you’ve been attacked by a dog or another animal, we’ll work with you to make sure that the animal and its owner are held accountable for your injury.

Don’t Wait To File Your Claim

In South Dakota, a dog bite victim has three years to file a claim, but it’s in the victim’s interest to file a claim as soon as possible. Your case will be stronger if you can demonstrate that the animal in question has a history of aggression that the owner should have reasonably been aware of. But even if your injury is the result of an animal’s first violent act, the owner is still subject to the state’s negligence laws.

In dog or animal bite cases, we’ll address issues, including:

  • Who owns the animal in question
  • Any previous attacks on the animal’s record
  • Where the attack occurred
  • Premises liability and insurance issues
  • The nature and extent of the injuries
  • The extent and impact of scarring
  • Emotional trauma

Tell Us Your Story

The best way to plan your legal strategy is to sit down with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact King Law Firm, P.C., in Sioux Falls to schedule a free consultation today.