Seattle Dog Bite Lawyer
Handling Injury Cases in Kirkland, Everett & the Surrounding Areas
Even if you think the dog owner wouldn’t be able to pay remember often it is not the owner itself, but their property or homeowners insurance who will have to pay for your damages and you don’t want to get stuck with expensive medical bills. What’s worse, if you don’t report the dangerous animal and pursue recourse, that dog may attack again and, next time, the injury could take someone’s life.
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Dog Bites Are Potentially Devastating, Especially for Children!
Every day, over 1,000 people across the US. need emergency medical care to treat a dog bite. Nearly one million dog attacks are reported to veterinarians and animal control offices each year. It’s estimated that another one million goes unreported. Young children are the most common victims of dog bite attacks as 60% of bites wound children. Of these, over 70% of the attacks injure a child’s face, often inflicting devastating and permanent damage. Children are most likely to be maimed or killed in dog attack cases.
What Is Washington State Law on Dog Bites?
In the State of Washington, the law holds dog owners strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. If you own a dog, you are fully responsible even if your animal has no history of attacking. While some states mandate that the owner must know the animal was prone to attack or require that the animal had attacked before to be considered vicious, Washington protects dog bite victims as aggressively as a pit bull.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Bitten By a Dog Or My Child Was Bitten?
Step one is to seek immediate medical attention. Injuries and complications from animal bites can be severe. Second, report the attack to the authorities – police and/or animal control. The most serious complication of a dog bite is death. Large dogs are capable of biting with a pressure of over 450 pounds per square inch. Their jaws were made for tearing things much tougher than human flesh.
Most dog bite deaths result from bleeding out, but for those who survive a dog bite injury, there are many complications to contend with. Staph and bacterial infections can be life-threatening and cause the loss of fingers or a limb. Damage to tendons and nerves can mean permanent impairment and loss of function. Scarring is common with dog bites and can be extensive and a life-long traumatic reminder of the attack. Fear, anxiety, and other emotional issues can also result from dog attacks.
Which Breed Is Most Likely to Bite?
They say happiness is a warm puppy, but if that dog grows up to be vicious, it’s best to keep your distance! Unfortunately, certain dog breeds are prone to biting and will strike out without provocation and can seriously injure or kill. Most dog attack victims are children and are more likely to perish from wounding bites than adults. Some large breeds are equally willing to attack and injure adults.
Despite the obvious aggression of tiny dogs like chihuahuas that bark and act ferocious, the fact is they are not much of a danger based on their sheer lack of size. It is larger dog breeds that are the most likely to bite and cause serious injury.
The top 10 most dangerous dog breeds from least to most deadly:
- German Shepherd Mix
- German Shepherd
- Bull Mastiff
- Wolf Hybrid
- Pit Bull
What If the Dog Owner Blames Me for the Dog Bite?
Just as no parent likes to believe their child has been up to shenanigans, few dog owners want to acknowledge that their dog is a biter and vicious enough to attack someone. They will no doubt want to shift blame to the victim, but that’s not fair, responsible or legal according to Washington state law.
If the owner tries to blame you, your child or whoever the victim is for the bite this is unethical and dangerous. When dog owners refuse to accept responsibility, they risk the safety of anyone that continues to interact with their animal. In this case, contacting a Seattle dog bite attorney is your best course of action.
What Can I Expect If I Hire Your Firm to Help Me?
Depending on the severity of the dog bite injury you or your loved one suffered, damages will vary. As a rule, the dog owner is liable for medical bills, lost income, property damage and pain and suffering. If the owner knew their dog was vicious or encouraged the behavior, damages can escalate greatly.
Contact Rob Kornfeld Today for a Free Consultation
Dog bite injuries can be devastating and cause lifelong damages, permanent scarring and post-traumatic stress disorder in victims. Rob Kornfeld is an experienced Seattle personal injury attorney with extensive expertise in pursuing dog bite claims on behalf of innocent victims.
Call us today at (425) 657-5255 to schedule a free initial consultation.