Las Vegas, NV asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Nevada

Q: Can I be sued for a dog bite if they entered my home after we told them no and my dog has never bit anyone before?

My daughters friend who lives in our neighborhood asked to come in our house to see the dog and me and my daughter both said no cause we didn't want him to get out of the house. She proceeded to come in anyways and my dog jumped up on her then she ran from him and he jumped and bit her face and continued to follow her home as i was being drug trying to stop him.

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A: In Nevada, dog owners are typically held liable for any damages caused if their dog bites someone, based on the principles of negligence. However, circumstances can play a significant role in determining liability. If someone entered your property without permission, especially after being explicitly told not to, it could be argued that they assumed the risk by entering against your wishes. Your defense could revolve around the fact that the individual was warned and entered your home without consent. Despite this, each case is unique, and the specific details and evidence will matter. For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique circumstances, it's advisable to consult with an attorney.

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