The sad reality is dog bites happen all the time. These bites can cause serious injuries, especially if it’s a bite to the face, where nerve damage and scarring can be permanent. If you have been bitten by a vicious dog in Washington and suffered serious injuries, you may need the help of the experienced dog bite attorneys at Max Meyers Law to get your medical bills paid and fair compensation for all your damages.
Being attacked by a dog often results in emotional trauma along with physical injuries. These emotional damages can be long lasting and just as difficult or harder to recover from as physical injuries, especially for children. Seek the assistance of experienced dog bite attorneys at Max Meyers Law to pursue proper justice from negligent dog owners.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in Washington, it’s important to protect your rights. An investigation often is needed sooner than later – eye witnesses are often critical in dog bites cases. Max Meyers Law has the experience and expertise necessary to investigate your dog bite case and determine who may be responsible for your injuries. Call today at 425-399-7000.
Who’s Responsible When a Dog Bites You in Washington State?
Most dog bites happened with dogs we know – family pets or dogs that friends own. The dog owner is financially responsible for the dog. It does not matter if the dog has no history of biting people. Washington state imposes strict liability on dog owners for injuries by their dog to another person. The law says:
The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
A dog owner is responsible if the attack happened in a public area or private property where the victim was an invited guest. There are exceptions to this general rule and the advice of an experienced dog bite attorney should be obtained regarding the circumstances of your case.
One exception is if you provoked the dog to attack. Insurance companies love to use this defense even if not appropriate. Another common defense is that you were trespassing on the property where you were bitten. Having an experienced attorney do a proper investigation after a dog bite can often make a big difference in the success of your case.
When Should You Lawyer Up
The more serious the injuries the more likely the help of an experienced dog bite attorney will make a big difference in getting fair compensation for ALL damages suffered – physical and emotional. If you suffer a serious infection or need reconstructive surgery, it’s time to talk to a dog bite attorney. 20% of dog bites become infected. Children ages 5 to 9 have the highest rate of dog bite related injuries, many to the face that require reconstructive surgery.
If you don’t know how the medical bills are going to be paid or whether there’s any insurance available to cover your injury claim, it’s time to call a lawyer. This can be difficult if it’s a friend or even relative you don’t live with; however, homeowner’s insurance often provides coverage for these claims. We can help figure out a way to get your case handled fairly while trying to maintain the relationship with your friend or family member.
We at Max Meyers Law are happy to provide a free case review if you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a dog or other animal. Call our office today at 425-399-7000 or use the private contact form on this page to have your case reviewed by one of our attorneys.