The State of Washington makes the owner of a dog strictly liable for personal injuries caused by dog bites. Furthermore, most homeowner’s insurance policies and renter’s insurance policies cover liability for personal injuries caused by dog bites. Despite this strict liability, there are differences between the various types of dogs and the types of injuries caused by dog bites (physical and emotional), and it is important to diligently research the background of the offending dog to see if it has previously inflicted personal injuries. That is why every victim of a dog bite injury should contact a lawyer in order to recover the full amount to which he or she is entitled.
Emerald Law Group is experienced in pursuing claims against owners of dogs (and other animals) that cause personal injuries to our clients. We will aggressively pursue your dog bite claim against the owner and the owner’s insurance policy to ensure you are fully compensated for the dog bite injuries you have suffered. Dog bites can cause serious and lasting injuries and infections, and it is vital that you have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
Emerald Law Group has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for dog bite victims in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Everett, and throughout the Puget Sound region. The Pacific Northwest is a very dog-friendly region. Unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible stewards of their dogs. Call an Emerald Law Group attorney if you have been a victim of a dog bite personal injury.
Around 1,000 people each day require medical treatment for dog bites and 4.7 million are bitten each year. Washington state law is favorable to the victims of dog bites. In Washington, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for an unprovoked bite that occurs on public land or while lawfully on private property, regardless of whether the dog has a history of aggressive behavior.
Dog bites can leave lifelong injuries and scarring. Injuries from dog bites, particularly those to the face, may require expensive reconstructive surgery. It is also common for those suffering from dog bites to suffer emotional trauma and develop a fear of dogs, especially children. In fact, the majority of dog bites involve children and the injuries can impact your child for the rest of his or her life. Dog bites often involve serious and long lasting injury. Contact our offices and get lawyer experienced in handling dog bite cases advocating for you.
Only 15-20% of dog bites involve an unknown dog or owner. Most of the time the victim of a dog bite is familiar with the dog and the owner of the dog. This often puts the victim in the awkward position of having to bring suit against a friend, neighbor or acquaintance. The dog owner's home owner's insurance will generally cover dog bites. Thus, an experienced dog bite attorney can generally settle the case with the insured, making a lawsuit unnecessary.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your dog bite case and answer any questions you might have. Call (206) 826-5160 to speak with one of our attorneys.