Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You With a Dog Bite Injury
If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, a personal injury attorney can help. An attorney will make sure you receive the compensation you need to cover the expenses that occur as a result of the bite. Dog bites can cause serious injuries – including illnesses, permanent scarring, lifelong psychological problems and – in rare cases – even death.
Statistics suggest that 1 in 5 dog bites require medical attention – which indicates there are roughly 1.7 million people who experience dog bites in a year. According to the CDC, there were an estimated 344,000 injuries treated in emergency rooms due to dog bites in 2018. Washington State Law specifically states that dog owners are liable for damages when their dog bites someone in a public place or when “lawfully in or on a private place” – including their own home.
If you or someone you know has been affected by a dog bite, call Ritchie Reiersen Personal Injury Attorneys. We have offices in Kennewick, Yakima, Auburn, Tacoma, Portland and serve the greater Seattle area.
Dog bite victims often greatly benefit by having a personal injury attorney experienced in handling dog bite claims. Ritchie Reiersen Law personal injury attorneys have experience successfully resolving dog bite injury claims. Call Ritchie Reiersen Law Personal Injury and Dog Bite Attorneys today at (888) 884-7337. We offer a free consultation, and you don’t owe us anything until you win your case. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.
Kennewick, WA 99336
Auburn, WA 98001
Yakima, WA 98902
Lakewood, WA 98499
You Deserve Fair Compensation If You Have Suffered From A Dog Bite
- Present and Future Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Damages
- Lost Wages
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Nerve damage
- Psychological services
Call Ritchie Reiersen Personal Injury Attorneys today for your free consultation: (888) 884-7337
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?
- Obtain contact information for the dog’s owner, as well as contact information for anyone who witnessed the attack.
- Seek medical attention, if necessary, and keep track of all medical expenses.
- Report the attack to animal control personnel.
- Look for records of previous attacks by the dog.
- Take photographs of the injury as soon as possible after the attack, and continue to take photos as the injury heals.
- Contact a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience helping victims of dog bites and attacks.
What is the law in Washington and Oregon regarding dog bites and liability?
Oregon, on the other hand, has a “one bite” law. This law states that if an owner does not know or has no reason to know that their dog might bite someone, they are not liable for the injury. Once the dog has bitten or otherwise injured someone, the owner is considered to be “on notice” and may be liable for subsequent attacks. The liability is waived if the dog is being provoked prior to the attack, if the owner claims to have no prior knowledge of any previous attack, or if the person who was attacked is trespassing on private property.
If my neighbor’s dog bit me while I was on my own property, can I file a claim?
If I go to someone’s house to do some work and am bitten by the property-owner’s dog, do I have a legal claim?
Can I file a claim against the police if their K9 dog bit me?
If a dog owner violates a leash law, are they liable for injuries caused by their dog?
How much will a dog bite attorney cost me?
The personal injury attorneys at Ritchie Reiersen Law have extensive knowledge about the local laws that affect dog bite cases, and they are passionate about protecting the rights of their clients. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, call Ritchie Reiersen Law today for your free consultation. You have the right to enjoy time outdoors without being attacked by a vicious dog. We will work hard to protect your rights and help you receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.
If I report a dog for biting me, will it be euthanized?
What are the most common types of dog bite injuries?
Is there insurance that covers dog bites?
Can I file a claim if I was petting the dog before it attacked me?
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Figuring out the best course of action after a dog attack can be intimidating. Without taking the correct steps to protect your rights, you could miss out on a significant sum of money. Our attorneys will go the extra mile to secure the maximum compensation you deserve. To discuss the specifics of your case during a free consultation, get in touch with our office.