A dog bite may be provoked or unprovoked, and can often result in devastating consequences, especially for children who may be traumatized in the aftermath. Washington State has ruled that the owner of the dog is liable for their dog’s actions, up to and including a bite or attack. If you or a loved one has been attacked and bitten by a dog, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately to find out your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries resulting from a dog bite.
Olympia Dog Bite & Attack Lawyers
Dog bites may result in serious and long-lasting injuries, including:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Permanent disability
Some dog bite incidents may even prove to be fatal, or may lead to future hospitalizations and secondary infections. In the event of a dog bite, you should seek immediate medical attention and a thorough medical examination, which may be necessary in order to seek compensation through insurance or legal action. It is also common for dog bite victims to experience emotional trauma, especially in children, who may experience fear and emotional distress for years to come.
There are hundreds of thousands of dogs in the Pacific Northwest, but not all owners are responsible pet owners. What’s worse is that more often than not, the victim is familiar with the dog or the owner. This may place the injured party into an awkward situation – you may have to consider pursuing legal action against a friend, family member or acquaintance for the pain and suffering caused by a dog bite. This is why it is imperative to seek an experienced personal injury attorney. The dog owner’s homeowner insurance policy generally covers dog bites, and an experienced attorney will be able to settle a claim with the insurance company, without ever having to take the case to a court of law.
There are certain steps that should be taken in the wake of a dog bite incident:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Take photographs of your injury and of the dog
- Contact the dog’s owner
- If you cannot find the owner of the dog, you may need to contact law enforcement or animal control
- Write down a detailed description of the dog, including the breed, if possible
- Contact a personal injury attorney
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We at Ron Meyers & Associates have spent thousands of hours working hard for our clients, and we have a team of dedicated personal injury attorneys ready to take over your case and seek the maximum compensation that you deserve. We understand how painful and traumatizing a dog attack can be, and we urge you to put your case into our capable hands. Ron Meyers & Associates is ready to fight for you to receive maximum compensation for past and ongoing medical bills, loss of work, and emotional distress related to a dog bite injury. Let us guide you through the confusing and complex process, so you can focus on your recovery.