Yes, you may still be able to recover damages and you should still contact a Des Moines dog bite lawyer if the dog that hurt you was in a fenced-in yard and appeared to escape the boundaries of the fence.
Fences are important and may prevent some dog bite injuries. However, they are not foolproof (or even dog proof). Thus, if a dog owner is going to rely on a fence to keep his or her dog away from other people, then the owner has the responsibility to make sure that the fence is well maintained and that it is not in need of repair.
Iowa is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bite injuries. Thus, the owner of a dog may be responsible for dog bite injuries even if the owner thought that the dog was fenced in the yard. Damages may include compensation for medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, lost income, pain, suffering and other costs incurred because of the accident.
For more information about protecting your rights after a dog bite accident in Des Moines or elsewhere in Iowa, we encourage you to contact an experienced Iowa dog bite lawyer today at 515-984-0091 or via our website. We also invite you to read our FREE Dog Bite Brochure to learn more about your rights and possible recovery.