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Aurora Dog Bite Attorneys

Trusted Lawyers with 100+ Years of Combined Experience

More households own a dog than any other kind of pet. Unfortunately, however, more than 200,000 people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and most of those dog bite victims are children. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, Petitt Law Office can help.

Our firm has been advocating for accident victims since 1957. Three generations of lawyers are on-hand, and they believe in working closely with their clients and being prepared to go to trial in every case. With help from our Aurora dog bite lawyers, you never have to worry your attorney will be caught by surprise.

Dog Bites & State Law: Strict Liability

Unlike some other states, Missouri maintains a “strict liability” in regard to dog bites. This means the owner of the dog can be held liable even if they never had prior reason to suspect the dog might be vicious. This is different from states with a “one bite free” law that states a dog must be proven to have a pattern of aggressive behavior before legal action can be taken.

As such, the law states a dog owner is liable if:

  • The injury in question was caused by a dog bite
  • The victim was on public property or legally on private property
  • The person bitten did not antagonize or provoke the dog into attacking

A Legal Team You Can Rely On

It is vital to seek legal advice as soon as you can because the nearer the case is to the five-year mark, the less likely a judge will be to hear your case. Our highly experienced dog bite attorneys in Aurora are ready to help.

According to Missouri law, if bitten by a dog, you have a five-year statute of limitations, beginning with the date of the injury. If your dog bite experience meets the above criteria, you are very likely to have a case.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at (417) 222-6640 for a free consultation.

Why Hire Pettit Law Office?

Your Recovery is Too Important Not To
  • All attorneys have trial experience & are prepared to go to trial.

  • Over 100 years of combined injury law experience.

  • Lawyers work closely with each client on a case-by-case basis.

  • Direct access to the same attorney from start to finish.

  • Lawyers & paralegals approach each case with compassion.

  • Long track record of successful verdicts & settlements.

  • Spanish language option available for clients who need it.

  • Committed to serving the local Aurora, MO community.

Awards

  • American Association for justice (AAFJ)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • BBB A+ Rating
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar
  • MATA
  • Missouri Bar Association