Personal Injury Dog Bite Lawyer in Reno Here to Help You

Get The Maximum Amount For Your dog bite Injuries & Get Your Life Back on Track

Reno Attorney Fights for Victims of Dog Bites and Dog Attack Injuries

A dog attack can be a terrifying experience and can leave you with serious injury or maiming. If you have been seriously injured by a dog bite or dog attack in Reno or the surrounding areas, you need a dog bite lawyer who is experienced in evaluating your case and getting you the most compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering.

 In Nevada we have a “one bite rule” which means dog owners are not automatically liable if their dog bites someone but has never bitten before. However, once a dog has bitten someone once, the dog is considered either “dangerous” or “vicious” and falls under a different classification for liability. 

Reno dog bite lawyer Matt Dion can help you if you've been bitten. This picture shows a German Shepard about to bite a hand.


There are three kinds of laws that impose liability on dog owners:

  1. A dog-bite statute: this is when the dog owner is automatically liable for any injury or property damage the dog causes without provocation.
  2. The one-bite rule: the dog owner is responsible for any injury caused by a dog if the owner knew the dog had bitten before. In these cases, the victim must prove the owner knew the dog was dangerous (breed, past behavior, training, etc.).
  3. Negligence laws: the dog owner is liable if the injury occurred because the dog owner was unreasonably careless or negligent in controlling the dog. For example, the dog was off leash when the attack happened.

The Most Common Dog Bite Injuries

Any aggressive encounter with a dog can be frightening, but when the line gets crossed from aggressive to attack, that’s when you need a dog bite lawyer in Reno who can help you file a claim with the insurance of the dog owner and make sure all damages are accounted for in your claim. Depending on the nature of the dog attack, there are four injuries that are the most common.

Puncture Wounds

These can range from minor to severe and are caused by the dog’s teeth breaking the skin and harming the soft tissue. Puncture wounds may require stitches or surgery and will vary based on the size and breed of the dog.


If the dog attack is severe, or occurs near the face, the victim can end up with wounds that are disfiguring and require extensive medical treatment and plastic surgery, in some cases. Maiming can also include the loss of an extension, like a finger, due to a dog bite.

Infection & Disease

Dogs carry diseases they can pass on to humans. The most widely known is rabies. If you are bitten by a dog with rabies, that infection can be passed to your brain and make you very sick. Dogs carry other diseases that can also transfer to humans and just the sheer bacteria in their mouths can make a human sick from a puncture wound.

Emotional Distress

The act of being attacked by a dog is terrifying at any age, but especially for children, who are the most common victims of dog bites. Dog bite victims often deal with emotional trauma for years after the attack. Therapy and counseling may be required for these victims and your dog bite lawyer will help you account for current and future treatment in your claim.

have you or a loved one suffered a dog attack? Contact an aggressive Reno personal injury law firm for a free initial consultation

While breed can play a factor in the likelihood of a dog attack, it also has a lot to do with the owner’s treatment of the dog and the dog’s training. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, call Matt Dion & Associates at 775-737-4500 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We are experienced personal injury lawyers in Reno who have worked with countless dog bite victims. We will evaluate your claim and let you know if you have a case. From there, our personal injury lawyers will guide you every step of the way. 

Matt Dion, Reno NV Personal Injury Attorney

You Shouldn’t Feel Taken Advantage of After an Accident. With My Help, You Won’t.

After 9 years representing major insurance carriers, I instead started helping injured individuals recover damages against insurance companies. I use this rare insider experience to help my clients avoid tactics insurance companies and defendants use so my clients don’t settle for a substandard offer. My goal is to give you peace of mind knowing you’re in experienced hands. I’m here to help make the process as smooth as possible so that you can get the maximum compensation you deserve, and get your life back on track.


Matt Dion is a very thorough and competent professional, who I felt always had my best interests in mind. Matt kept me informed of the legal process and what to expect from the insurance company. He never got frustrated with my delayed responses, because of my hectic work schedule and a family crisis. He is a true expert and gave me a realistic outcome and timeliness. I highly recommend his legal services. He is a good guy!”

— Daphne

I hired Matt following an accident that I was injured in. I can’t say enough good things about Matt and his assistant Alisha! I was apprehensive about hiring an attorney after I had hired one here in town for another case who took advantage of my case and a lot of his other clients that caused him to be suspended. Matt and Alisha were very professional, supportive, and kind. Even if there was a setback or delay in my case they would let me know. They would always return my calls or emails right away. I highly recommend Matt Dion & Associates!”

— Jamie

After I was injured in a car accident, I was referred to Attorney Matt Dion. I went to his office and he explained everything to me. I knew then that I found the right attorney. He was straight forward; he connected me to an experienced doctor. I didn’t have to worry about any of the medical bills, including the hospital bills, just like he said in the beginning. I was under a lot of stress & asking questions, and Matt was always there to answer them. They were polite, considerate, and I was satisfied with the results. Mr. Dion and his staff are an excellent team!”

— Mark