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As personal injury attorneys in Missouri, we often see cases involving dog attacks that can lead to serious injuries and even death. Dog owners are legally responsible for any damages caused by their pets, including

  • medical expenses,
  • lost wages,
  • pain and suffering,
  • emotional distress,
  • and more.

In recent years there has been an increase in the number of dog bite incidents. This is due to various reasons such as improper training or socialization of the animal or inadequate supervision from its owner. In some cases, it’s also due to aggressive breeding practices which produce dogs with high levels of aggression that may be difficult for their owners to control.

It’s important for all dog owners to understand their legal responsibility when it comes to owning a pet.

There is no leash law in Missouri but the law requires them to keep their animals under reasonable control on public property and take necessary precautions should they have reason to believe that the animal could cause harm or damage to someone or their property.

The adequate control law states “to reasonably restrain or govern an animal so that the animal does not injure itself, any person, any other animal, or property.” Failure on the part of the owner can result in severe penalties such as fines or even jail time depending on state laws and how serious the situation is deemed by authorities.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury because of another person's negligence regarding a dog bite then it’s important not to hesitate to seek legal advice right away so your rights can be protected properly before any further action needs to be taken place against either party involved in this case; whether that be yourself if you were injured directly by the animal itself or another individual who allowed this incident to occur through negligent behavior towards safety regulations surrounding pet ownership standards.

All victims deserve justice when it comes down to dealing with these kinds of traumatic events; therefore do not let fear stand in your way of receiving rightful compensation associated with such unfortunate circumstances brought forth onto innocent parties through no fault of their own.

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Dog Owners’ Legal Responsibility in Missouri

As a dog owner in Missouri, there is an inherent responsibility to ensure the safety of those around you and your pets. This means understanding the legal requirements related to owning a canine companion, as well as being aware of any potential liabilities that may arise from their presence or behavior.

In Missouri, it is important for all dog owners to be aware of the state’s liability laws when it comes to animal attacks and other incidents involving dogs. In most cases, if someone has been injured by a dog attack due to negligence (such as failing to contain them appropriately), then they can be held liable for damages incurred.

Furthermore, if they own a breed considered “dangerous” under state law—which includes Pit Bulls and Rottweilers—additional restrictions apply regarding keeping them contained or muzzled while out in public spaces.

It is also important for all Missouri dog owners to have their pets properly licensed with their local authorities; not only does this help protect against lost animals but it also ensures that rabies vaccinations are up-to-date and compliant with state regulations.

Additionally, should an incident occur involving another person or property damage caused by their pet having proper licensing information can help facilitate any subsequent legal action needed.

Missouri Leash Law

Pet owners living in Missouri should understand the state’s leash laws for parks. While each individual city and town may have its own regulations regarding leashes, there are some general rules that apply across most of the state.

In Missouri, all dogs must be on a leash when they are in public places like parks or trails. This includes off-leash dog parks, where owners can let their pets roam freely within designated areas as long as they remain under control at all times. For other types of public spaces, leashes are usually required unless otherwise specified by local law enforcement.

The length of leash that is allowed also varies depending on where you live in Missouri. In most cities and towns, a maximum six-foot leash is recommended; however, some jurisdictions may allow longer leashes if necessary for larger breeds or more active dogs.

When animals are in any type of park or trail setting, owners must keep them close by at all times so that they don't wander away from them unexpectedly or get into trouble with other animals or people around them

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The Most Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites

If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite in Missouri, you know how serious and painful these injuries can be. Dog bites account for more than half of all reported animal-related injuries in the United States, and unfortunately, they are particularly common in Missouri.

That’s why it is important to understand the most common dog bite injuries that occur here so that you can better protect yourself and your loved ones from harm.


Lacerations are one of the most frequent types of dog bite injuries seen in Missouri. These deep cuts or tears usually require stitches to close them up properly and prevent infection from entering the wound site. Because lacerations often involve multiple layers of tissue, including muscle fibers and tendons, surgery may also be necessary to reconstruct any damaged areas.

Tissue Damage

Depending on the size and strength of a particular breed's jaws, tissue damage caused by a dog bite can range from minor bruising to severe tearing or crushing wounds requiring extensive medical care such as skin grafting or even amputation depending on severity. Tissue damage caused by a dog bite is typically very painful due to nerve endings being exposed at the time of the attack which causes swelling around the affected area leading to increased discomfort over time if left untreated promptly after the incident occurs.


Infections are another common consequence following an animal attack since bacteria present within saliva has an opportunity to enter the body through open wounds created during the attack leaving victims vulnerable to further complications down the road if not treated quickly with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor.

Fractures/Broken Bones

Animal attacks have the potential to cause broken bones especially when a force applied strongly enough breaks through the skin into the underlying bone structure itself causing fractures or compound fractures where ends protrude outwards making immediate medical attention critical to avoid permanent disability resulting.

Psychological Trauma

Unfortunately psychological trauma associated with animal attacks equally concerns the physical effects mentioned above many victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) long-term depression and anxiety because this type of event deeply affects a person's sense of security, trust, and overall ability to cope with life.


Generally speaking As personal injury attorneys we've seen firsthand how devastating the impact of canine-related incidents has had on our clients and their families' lives some cases resulting in death.

Making sure everyone is aware of the dangers posed by dogs is essential to prevent future tragedies from occurring the same way. If you find yourself a victim in such situations don't hesitate to contact an experienced attorney who will fight to ensure you and your loved ones receive the maximum compensation you deserve to help rebuild what was taken away.

What To Do If You Have Been Attacked By A Dog

If you've been bitten by a dog, it's important to take certain steps in order to protect your legal rights. As a personal injury lawyer, I recommend that victims of dog bites follow these steps:

1. Get to safety and seek medical attention.

Dog bite injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to serious lacerations and infections. It is essential that you get the proper medical care right away in order to ensure your health and safety.

2. Report the incident to animal control or police authorities

Report the incident to animal control or police authorities as soon as possible if it occurred on public property or involved an unfamiliar dog. This will help establish liability for any damages or losses suffered due to the incident, which may be necessary if filing a lawsuit down the road.

3. Take pictures of your injuries and document all relevant details surrounding the attack with written notes or audio recordings

including contact information for any witnesses who may have seen what happened--as soon as possible after receiving medical treatment so that evidence isn't lost over time due to fading memories or other factors. Additionally, make sure you keep copies of all related medical bills and records including doctor’s notes, prescriptions, etc., for future reference should they become needed later on during litigation proceedings against negligent pet owners who fail their duty of reasonable care towards others when handling their animals in public spaces..

4. Gather witness information information

Gather witness contact information including full names, phone numbers, and emails from people who witnessed the attack. Try to gather as much as possible from as many witnesses as you can. This will be important evidence for you if you need to file a law suit for damages, injuries, and other related compensation.

5. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney promptly following any type of dog-related accident involving yourself (or someone else)

so that he/she can evaluate your case and determine how best proceed with seeking financial compensation from those responsible for causing harm through negligence or other means under applicable state laws governing civil claims based upon premises liability principles established within tort law jurisprudence doctrine..

By taking these steps after being injured by a dog attack, victims are more likely able to maximize their chances of recovering the damages they deserve while simultaneously minimizing potential risks associated with pursuing legal action against at-fault parties whose negligent behavior caused them unnecessary pain and suffering.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Dog Attack Lawsuit in Missouri?

In Missouri, victims of dog bites can recover both economic and non-economic damages from the responsible party. Economic damages cover

  • medical bills,
  • lost wages,
  • property damage,
  • and other financial losses associated with the bite.

Non-economic damages include

  • compensation for pain and suffering,
  • mental anguish,
  • emotional distress,
  • scarring,
  • or disfigurement caused by the bite.

In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded if it is determined that the owner acted recklessly or intentionally in allowing their pet to cause injury. The amount of recovery will depend on a variety of factors such as the severity of injuries sustained and proof that proper care was not taken to protect others from harm.

In a dog attack case in Missouri, the victim has several legal options to pursue. They can file a civil lawsuit against the owner of the animal that caused their injury or harm and seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages.

Additionally, they may be able to hold the owner criminally liable if it is determined that they were negligent in properly controlling their pet.

Finally, victims have the option of filing an insurance claim with their own policy or any other applicable policies held by either party involved in order to receive financial assistance for related costs such as medical expenses and property damage.

Working With Krupp Law Firm.

If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, it is important to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help the victim seek financial compensation for any medical expenses incurred due to the attack, as well as any pain and suffering caused by the incident. We will also be able to advise on legal recourse against the owner of the animal if applicable.

We have extensive experience in handling cases involving animal attacks around St. Louis, MO, and are familiar with local laws pertaining to such incidents. Additionally, we have access to expert witnesses who can testify about your case in court if necessary.

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James Krupp, founding attorney at Krupp Law Firm

Attorney James Krupp brings a wealth of experience to handling personal injury cases involving dog attacks, with over 30 years of legal practice in the State of Missouri. His deep understanding of the legal landscape in the region, coupled with his Juris Doctorate Degree from SLU Law School, ensures that he is well-equipped to guide victims through the complexities of the law, helping them achieve justice and compensation for their injuries. His background also includes business litigation, traffic cases, workers’ compensation, and criminal matters, which means he can approach each case from multiple angles to ensure a comprehensive legal strategy.

James is passionate about helping people in all kinds of legal situations, and he understands the emotional distress and pain that victims of dog attacks often experience. His unique approach to client interaction, honed through decades of practice, allows him to connect with clients on a personal level, understanding their needs and working closely with them to achieve outstanding results. James' strong St. Louis roots further enhance his dedication to the local community, making him a trusted ally for victims seeking justice for dog bite incidents.

Testimonials from previous clients highlight James' remarkable track record in handling personal injury cases. They laud his ability to deal effectively with insurance companies and his dedication to achieving great settlements. As one client put it, "If you need a truck accident lawyer in St. Louis you should call the Krupp Law Firm." In the case of dog bite incidents, James will bring the same level of commitment and expertise to your case, ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Attorney Ryan Krupp, on the other hand, brings a unique perspective to the table with his background in criminal defense and experience as a prosecutor. This experience gives him invaluable insight into the workings of the legal system, which he can leverage to help victims of dog attacks navigate the complexities of their cases. His tenure at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and Johnson County District Attorney’s Office involved appearing in court on behalf of the State of Missouri and Kansas, prosecuting a variety of cases, including domestic violence, assault, and drug cases. This has equipped him with the skills to approach personal injury cases from a unique angle and provide robust legal representation for victims.

As a lifelong resident of St. Louis, Ryan is passionate about using his winning mindset to help people and ensure justice. This is reflected in his approach to personal injury cases, where he works tirelessly to secure the best possible outcomes for his clients. His dedication to his clients and his commitment to achieving justice are evident in the testimonials he has received. One client stated, "Ryan was very compassionate about my wellbeing, and worked very hard at my personal injury case and won!"

Ryan's education and professional affiliations add to his qualifications and make him an excellent choice for victims seeking justice for dog bite incidents. As an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Missouri Baptist University and a member of multiple legal associations, he is highly connected and updated with the latest developments in law, ensuring that he can provide the best legal representation for his clients. His numerous awards and honors speak volumes about his competence and commitment to his profession. With Ryan on your side, you can be confident of receiving comprehensive legal support for your case.

Ryan Krupp, founding attorney at Krupp Law Firm
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