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I’m Dale Dahlin. I’m a lawyer in Lincoln, Nebraska. I want to talk to you today about dog bite cases in Nebraska.

In Nebraska, there’s a statute that provides for strict liability for owners of dogs that bite or attack people. Previously , it used to be under common law and you had to show a dog had dangerous propensities before you could recover any compensation from a dog bite or attack. That was changed by statute to strict liability where you no longer have to show the dangerous propensities of the animal.

It used to be referred to as the one-bite rule. The dog had been allowed to bite one person before an owner was liable for damages. Now that’s no longer the case. The first bite or attack that a dog displays and the first person that is bitten or attacked by a dog, can go after the owner of that dog as that owner is liable. There’re certain issues that are excluded: trespassers are excluded. Also if the dog is provoked into biting the person, there’s no liability for the owner or if it’s just a playful act of the dog there’s no liability to the owner.

Recovery for dog bites?

You can recover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, emotional trauma and problems such as embarrassment.  These are all issues that you can recover compensation for if you’ve been bitten or attacked by a dog. There is insurance coverage for such events usually in the form of homeowners or renter’s insurance, that the owner of the dog has that will cover such events. If there is no insurance coverage for the owner of the dog, a person has to get a judgment against that owner and then go to court and go after their assets or garnish wages to get a recovery awarded. A landlord may be liable for the actions of a tenant’s dog if that dog bites or attacks somebody. This could be a difficult judgment to get as you have to show, under the common law, that that landlord actually knew the dog had dangerous propensities in order to to get recovery and compensation.

If you or a family member has been bitten or attacked by a dog, and you believe you have a case, please call Dale Dahlin at 402-423-4300.

Dale Dahlin is also licensed to practice law in California.