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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim for a Dog Bite?

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim for a Dog Bite?

Monitoring Your Injuries & Costs Following a Dog Bite

Being attacked or hurt by someone else’s dog can be scary. Dealing with long-term medical care and the financial costs of developing injuries can be even scarier.

Part of keeping your bite or other dog-related injury from robbing you of your hard-earned money involves tracking your damages as they progress. Doing so allows you to take action as soon as possible when the cost of treating your injuries begins to grow beyond what you can handle on your own. It also ensures you do not wait until it is too late and miss your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

Before you decide to file a personal injury claim, be sure to carefully monitor your injury and the ways it affects your life. Make notes regarding the limitations it presents, including things like difficulty socializing, embarrassment, painful motion, etc. Also keep a log of the financial costs you are forced to pay out of pocket and any losses it produces, such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and so on. These will serve as proof in your case if you are required to demonstrate that the dog owner’s negligence has directly harmed you and caused you to sustain personal and/or monetary damage as a result.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Missouri

In Missouri, there is a time limit (also known as a statute of limitations) on filing personal injury claims. According to Missouri Code Section 516.120, you have approximately 5 years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. This means you must be fully prepared to file your claim by the time 5 years have passed—but you cannot afford to wait to begin filing your claim until the 5-year mark approaches.

We Serve Victims of Dog Bite Injuries in Columbia & Sedalia

At Kempton & Russell, we can help you pursue a personal injury claim against the person whose dog bit you or caused you to sustain a serious injury. We are experienced personal injury attorneys and we are well acquainted with Missouri’s laws regarding negligence claims, liability for injuries, and compensation for damages. Allow us to be your advocates and help you fight for appropriate compensation in your dog bite case.

Call (660) 722-4115 to speak to a personal injury attorney in Sedalia today.