Helping People Injured by Dog Bites Recover Compensation for Their Losses
Dog bites are an unfortunately common cause of accidental injury in the Seattle area. These incidents can occur almost anywhere and when least expected. In many cases, these attacks occur without any provocation on the part of victims and may even seem to occur at random. Fortunately for people whom dogs bite, Washington state has victim-friendly laws that typically allow them to recover compensation for the losses they sustain as a result of the attack.
People whom dogs bite have legal rights. To discuss your options with a Seattle dog bite lawyer, call Jay Krulewitch today at (206) 233-0828 or contact us online.
Washington Dog Bite Law
Washington is a strict liability state when it comes to dog owners. This means the law holds dog owners liable for any injuries caused by their dogs to people in public places or lawfully in private places—and this includes dog owners’ properties. This means that so long as you were not trespassing on private property (or provoking the dog), you should stand a very good chance of recovering compensation for your losses after a dog bite. This is true regardless of whether the dog has shown any indication of viciousness in the past. In the past, some states used to apply the rule that the dog was allowed “one free bite”. But that is not the law in the State of Washington. Instead, in the State of Washington, as noted above, states as follows: “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.” See RCW 16.08.040.
On the other hand, the statute only applies to injuries caused by the dog bite—if, for example, a dog knocked a person over and caused injuries, the victim would need to show that the owner (or person responsible for the dog) was negligent in some way.
Dog Bites Can Result in Serious Injuries
Dogs can have extremely powerful jaws capable of causing tremendous damage to the human body. In addition, while you may have heard otherwise, dogs’ mouths are filled with millions of microorganisms that could potentially cause serious infections. Common injuries associated with dog bites include:
- Broken bones
- Torn muscles
- Nerve damage
- Sprains and strains
In addition, serious dog bite injuries leave victims with lifelong problems, including disfigurement, scarring, numbness, and impaired range of motion. Furthermore, many people whom dogs attack develop debilitating phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that damage their abilities to function. Fortunately, Washington law allows victims to recover compensation for these losses, so victims should protect their rights by retaining an attorney as soon as possible.
Call Us Today to Speak With a Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were bitten by a dog or otherwise injured by an animal attack, contact a lawyer as soon as you can. In many cases, victims may recover compensation for their economic and noneconomic losses, including any medical bills they incurred, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and lost quality of life. Attorney Jay Krulewitch has handled numerous dog bite cases and will review the facts of your case at no cost and will only collect legal fees if he successfully recovers compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Krulewitch, call us today at (206) 233-0828 or send us an email through our online contact form.