Statute of Limitations in Dog Bite Cases

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The statute of limitations in dog bite cases limits the amount of time that dog bite victims have to file a lawsuit against and obtain compensation from dog owners.

In dog bite lawsuits and other personal injury cases, state laws govern how long injured parties have to file a lawsuit and seek compensation from the person who is legally considered to be responsible for causing the injuries. After this time frame, which is technically referred to as the statute of limitations for a case, has passed, the injured person will not be able to seek compensation for his injuries and losses by filing a lawsuit. The following at the statutes of limitations for dog bite cases:

  • In Illinois, according to 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201 et. seq., the statute of limitations for filing a dog bite lawsuit is two years.
  • In Missouri, according to Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et. seq., the statute of limitations for filing a dog bite lawsuit is five years.

While two to five years to file a dog bite lawsuit may seem like a lot of time, it’s still crucial that dog bite victims contact the St. Louis dog bite lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law soon after being attacked. Although the statute of limitations may not be up for some time, waiting too long to file a dog bite lawsuit can:

  • Make it far more difficult to prove a plaintiff’s case, as witnesses may not remember exactly what happened
  • Reduce the amount of compensation a plaintiff may be awarded, as a plaintiff may lose medical billing documents or other paperwork necessary for proving his injuries and losses
  • Ultimately reduce the chances that a plaintiff has of winning his case and securing the full amount of compensation he deserves.

St. Louis Dog Bite Lawyers and Lawsuits

The St. Louis dog bite lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.

Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in dog bite injury cases, traffic accident cases, workers’ compensation cases, wrongful death cases, defective product and dangerous drug cases and various other areas of personal injury litigation. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.

If you have suffered a dog bite and are currently in need of a Missouri or Illinois dog bite lawyer, we encourage you to email us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen and/or to call us at (573) 333-3333 for our Missouri office or at (618) 888-8888 for our Illinois office. We offer free consultations.