If a Dog Bites Me, is the Owner Liable?
The short answer is yes. Washington State has a dog bite statute (RCW 16.08.040) that is favorable to dog bite victims. The law makes the owner of the dog strictly liable for dog bites. This is true regardless of whether the victim was on public or private property, even in the dog owner’s home, so long as the victim was there lawfully. It is also true whether or not the dog has a history of attacking. Additionally, anyone who harbors, keeps, or is negligent with a dog can be held liable for injuries caused by the dog.
Dogs are cherished pets for many people, finding a special place in the hearts of millions of households as beloved furry companions. Nevertheless, it’s important to acknowledge that not all dogs exhibit friendly behavior, and dog bites can result in severe physical and psychological injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, it is crucial to understand your legal rights and pursue compensation. Hiring an experienced dog bite injury attorney, such as those at Becker Franklin Rovang, PLLC, significantly enhances your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
Most Common Reasons for Dog Bites
Several factors contribute to dog bites, including breed disposition, training (or lack thereof), and neglect or abuse. Additionally, dogs can cause injuries without actually biting, such as when they charge, jump on, or knock someone over, resulting in broken bones or other serious injuries. Given the close proximity between dogs and humans in our communities, parks, recreational areas, and even workplaces, unfortunate incidents can occur. We have successfully represented clients who were bitten or attacked while simply going about their business, to include going for a walk, visiting a friend, visiting a business, housesitting for someone, walking their own dog, and mowing the lawn. Other clients we’ve represented were on the job, to include delivery workers for companies like Amazon, UPS, USPS, or FEDEX. We successfully represented a Door Dash Delivery driver who was attacked by a dog while delivering groceries, as well as an HVAC Technician who was attacked while on a service call. The situations can vary greatly, but any injuries sustained in a dog attack should be evaluated by an attorney with experience in this arena.
Severity of Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites and attacks can cause severe physical and psychological injuries, sometimes even leading to fatalities. Victims may suffer permanent scars, nerve damage, or other long-term consequences, especially when the injuries are to the face or affect children. Treating such injuries often involves emergency medical services, plastic surgery, and psychological treatment. In these challenging times, it is vital to have an experienced dog bite injury attorney by your side to pursue compensation on your behalf. With respect to proving damages, the burden is always on the victim, and the personal injury attorneys at Becker Franklin Rovang can ensure you are able to prove all of your damages.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney for a Dog Bite Wound?
Under Washington State law, dog bite victims have the right to seek compensation from the dog owner or property owner. Homeowners insurance or renter’s insurance may cover dog bite claims, but communicating with insurance companies can be difficult and stressful. Insurance companies may also offer settlement amounts that don’t fully compensate you for your injuries, to include reimbursement for past and future medical expenses, lost wages or income, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, psychological injuries, pain and suffering, and other related damages. It is vital that all potential at-fault parties are identified so maximum compensation can be obtained.
Experienced Dog Bite Injury Attorneys in Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Tacoma, and Tumwater, Washington
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury in Washington State, it is crucial to promptly seek the guidance of a personal injury lawyer. Becker Franklin Rovang, PLLC, a reputable law firm with extensive experience representing clients with dog bite injuries, possesses in-depth knowledge of the state’s dog bite laws and a track record of successfully recovering compensation for victims. By pursuing legal action, you can hold the responsible parties accountable and secure the financial resources needed to aid in your recovery and provide a sense of justice.
Kitsap County 5-Star Rated Personal Injury Lawyers for Dog Bites
Hiring an attorney near you who is familiar with the local laws and regulations in your jurisdiction is advantageous. They will have knowledge of the local court system, judges, and potential challenges specific to your area. At Becker Franklin Rovang PLLC, we know exactly what you’re facing.
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