Dog Bites Lawyer in Kent
Serving Clients in King County & throughout Washington
It’s said that a dog is man’s best friend, but unfortunately this is not always the case. All dogs, regardless of breed or size, are capable of causing serious personal injury to anyone they attack, especially children and the elderly. Children are especially likely to be victims of severe dog bites as they are often unsuspecting that a dog may be unfriendly. According to the American Humane Association it is estimated that 4.7 million dog bites occur annually in the United States, and of those about 800,000 require medical attention.
In Washington, dog owners are responsible for the injuries caused by their dogs through dog bites or attacks. At Dore Law Group, PLLC, we understand the physical and emotional pain associated with dog bites and attacks. In seeking to recover damages from those legally responsible, we thoroughly investigate accidents so that we can learn about how the injuries occurred. In litigation, we seek to hold dog owners accountable for the damages they caused, so that our clients can fully recover for the damages they have sustained.
Dial (253) 236-3888 or complete an online form to discuss your case with a Kent dog bite attorney. Initial consultations are free.
Dog Bite Laws in Washington
Washington is a "strict liability" state when it comes to dog bites, meaning that dog owners can be held liable for injuries their dogs cause even if the dog has never bitten or shown aggression before. In other words, Washington does not have a "one bite" rule that absolves owners from liability if they had no knowledge that the dog was dangerous.
Under the Revised Code of Washington section 16.08.040, a dog owner is liable for dog bite injuries if:
- The injured person was in a public place or lawfully in a private place, and
- The injured person did not provoke the dog
Dog bite claims must be filed in a Washington court within three years of the date of injury to be admissible. This is commonly known as a "statute of limitations" period. Claims that are filed after this deadline expires are highly likely to be dismissed. For this reason, it is important to consult with an attorney early on in your case to understand how the statute of limitations applies to your situation.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite injuries can cause serious injury including scarring and permanent disfigurement. These damages can be especially traumatic in the case of facial injuries. Dog bites have a high risk of becoming infected due to the high levels of bacteria present in dog saliva.
Common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Nerve damage
- Muscle and ligament damage
Every situation is unique. In some cases, unleashed dogs don't have to bite to cause harm. If you were injured while evading a charging dog or were knocked down by a jumping dog, you may still be able to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Call Us to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, call us so that we can schedule a free consultation to learn about your case and the injuries sustained. The consultation is free and there is no obligation to use us. At this consultation, we can explain to you your legal rights and options for recovery.
At Dore Law Group, PLLC, we have the compassion, experience, and tenacity to take on those responsible for your injuries. If we are retained as your legal counsel, we will work hard toward getting you the full compensation you deserve.
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