If and when you are involved in an accident in Springfield, you may want to give those involved the benefit of the doubt. However, in many cases, the injuries and/or damages that accidents may cause might leave you with little choice but to take action. Some might now view a dog bite as a typical accident, yet in most cases, there likely is little intent for the dog to bite you or your loved one. Dog bites can indeed be damaging, often requiring medical treatment to deal with. When such an incident occurs, you likely share the same question many have posed to us here at Affordable Legal Services of Thomas Sandifer: can you hold the dog owner liable?

Some states follow the philosophy known in the legal community as “the one bite rule.” This principle basically allows a pet owner to be absolved of liability when their animal attacks a person of the animal had not previously displayed any aggressive behavior. However, Missouri does not subscribe to the one bite rule. Rather, it follows a strict liability standard when it comes to animal attacks.

Per the Cornell Law School, strict liability holds people responsible for their actions regardless of intent. In the case of pet owners, that extends to the actions of their furry companions. It is not required that a pet be known to be aggressive towards people in order for its owner to be held liable for an attack. Along the same lines, a pet owner need not have displayed any intention for their pet to attack you or your loved one to still be held responsible.

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