St. Louis dog bite Lawyers

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We are aggressive injury attorneys who get our clients compensation for dog and animal attacks

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When a dog attacks, the owner is to blame.

Thousands of people are seriously injured or killed by dogs every year. The most serious cases involve pit-bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, Alaskan malamutes, Doberman pinschers, chows, Great Danes, St. Bernards and Akitas.

When a dog attacks, the owner is to blame.

Statistics compiled by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), hospital emergency rooms and insurance companies indicate that the majority of dog-related fatalities in the United States involve pit-bulls and Rottweilers. These dogs and breeds of dogs are not bad. However, they are powerful animals; and they are capable of causing serious harm if and when they do attack.

Why owners are to blame when dogs or pets attack

Multiple studies of dog related fatalities occurring over the past fifty years have identified the following cause and risk factors for dog attacks involving pit-bulls, Rottweilers and other breeds of dog known to be associated with violent attacks. In most cases, one or more of the risk factors played a role in developing the animal involved in the attack.


  • The owner obtained the dog for an inappropriate reason, to use the dog as an accessory to enhance his or her rebellious social status;
  • The owner did not allow the dog to have positive human interaction;
  • The owner did not contain and control the dog humanely, kept the dog chained outside in adverse weather and/or allowed the dog to run loose;
  • The owner used the dog for negative reasons such as guarding, fighting, intimidating, rebellion, status;
  • The owner abused the dog physically and/or mentally;
  • The owner failed to knowledgably supervise interaction between the dog and humans;
  • The owner failed to spay or neuter dogs not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.


Any individual dog may be a good, loving pet, even though its breed is considered to be potentially dangerous. A responsible owner can win the love and respect of any dog, of any breed. Yes, even a pit-bull. You cannot define an individual dog by the stigma of its breed and decide whether or not the individual dog is capable of injuring or killing a human being.

We are the right animal attack attorneys for your case

If you have been attacked by a dog or your loved one was killed by a dog, you have come to the right place. The lawyers of Ortwerth Law, LLC have successfully handled many dog attack cases over the course of their careers.

It will be tough for you to win your case without an experienced lawyer on your side. After dog attacks, owners almost always say that they had no idea their dog was capable of hurting anybody. Then, when talking to the insurance companies, the adjusters almost always say they are not going to pay any money because the owner did not know the dog was capable of hurting anybody. It’s true that we can’t blame a dog. But if the dog is not to blame and the owner is not to blame, who is responsible?

When a dog attacks, the owner is to blame.

The lawyers of Ortwerth Law, LLC understand that dog attacks are unique cases because the injuries resulting from a dog attack tend to be much different than injuries arising from car crashes or work injuries. Victims of dog attacks are often scarred both physically and mentally; and our job is to bring our dedicated team of lawyers and medical experts to help you get the plastic and reconstructive surgery you require, along with the financial compensation you deserve.

Our law firm has the experience, skills, and resources to investigate your dog or animal bite case:

  • We will interview the breeder of the dog and the trainer of the dog. If the owner cannot identify a breeder or a trainer, that is a red flag.
  • We will interview former owners of the dog, neighbors, mail carriers who deliver mail to the residence and anybody else who encountered the dog. Mail carriers tend to be very credible witnesses because they are acutely aware of the addresses of aggressive dogs they encounter on their routes.
  • We will talk to the owner’s family members. If the family members refuse to talk to us voluntarily, we will subpoena them to testify in a deposition.
  • If the owner rents a house or an apartment, we will interview the landlord.
  • We will request police reports, veterinarian and animal control records to determine if and when this particular dog had a history of prior attacks and/or vicious tendencies.
  • If the dog was adopted from the Humane Society or Stray Rescue, we will obtain all relevant records to determine whether the dog had a history or prior attacks and/or vicious tendencies.
  • We will search for records of prior insurance claims and lawsuits referable to the dog, and any administrative complaint referable to the dog, including municipal ordinance violations.


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