Injured After Being Bit by Someone Else’s Dog?
Take strong action with attorney Zach Herschensohn
If you or someone you love suffered an injury in a dog bite attack, attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you pursue maximum compensation so that you don’t get stuck paying the price for an accident that wasn’t your fault. The Herschensohn Law Firm has won millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and has a firm grasp of the unique dog bite laws in Washington state. Learn how an experienced Kent personal injury lawyer can help you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Getting attacked and bitten by a dog can cause physical and emotional trauma that stays with you for the rest of your life. Every year, millions of people are badly injured or killed in dog bite attacks – and sadly, many of them could have been prevented. A lot of dog bite attacks are unprovoked and involve a dog and dog owner known to the victim. If you’ve been badly injured, it’s important to understand your legal options.
Let our law firm take care of it all. Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a fierce advocate who will take an aggressive stance with the insurance company to pursue the highest amount of compensation possible. He’s also a respected trial attorney who knows his way around the courtroom in front of a judge and jury.
What are common types of dog bite injuries?
While dogs make great pets, it’s important to remember that they are animals that can cause significant damage to someone in an attack. Some common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Cuts, gashes, scrapes and scratches
- Facial injuries
- Eye injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Bacterial infections
- Fractured and broken bones
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
Sadly, many dog bite attacks involve small children and can have tragic consequences that result in unimaginable loss.
When are dog owners liable for damage?
Washington state is a “strict liability” state in regard to dog bites. That means the dog owner is strictly liable for injuries sustained by a victim in a dog attack as long as the victim wasn’t trespassing or intentionally provoking the dog. This law still applies if it’s the dog’s first time biting someone, even if the dog owner had no reason to believe the dog would bite anybody.
Strict liability is only applicable to injuries sustained from a dog bite. If you suffer injury from another type of dog behavior, such as knocking a person over (known as a “dog tackle”), then you will typically have to prove the dog owner’s negligence contributed to your injuries in order to recover damages.
What should I do if a dog bites me?
You may be left stunned and traumatized after a dog bite, but it’s important to remember what steps to take afterward to protect your health and finances. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you should:
- Make sure you’re safe
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Identify the dog and the dog owner.
- Report the attack to police or your local animal control center.
- Put aside the clothing you wore at the time of the attack and do not wash or repair it.
- Take pictures and/or video of all your injuries and, if it is safe to do so, the dog and the scene of the attack.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses.
- Write down everything you can remember leading up to and immediately after the attack.
- Contact an experienced attorney to go over your legal options.
After you’ve been injured in a dog attack, it’s important to act quickly. The longer you wait, the more you run the risk of losing out on the compensation you’re entitled to.
What is the average payout for a dog bite?
Most dog bite claims are settled by a pet owner’s home insurance policy, and while settlement amounts vary from claim to claim and depend on the extent of your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including future care
- Scarring / disfigurement
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma / mental anguish
Your claim could be worth thousands, or maybe even millions. It all really depends on the specific circumstances of your case.
Do I need a lawyer for a dog bite claim?
The majority of dog bite attacks involve a victim who is already familiar with the dog and its owner. This can put the victim in a tough spot, as filing a lawsuit against a friend, family member, or neighbor usually isn’t ideal. Since dog bites are typically settled by the homeowner’s insurance company, hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle every aspect of your claim can help you avoid damaging your relationship with the dog owner while still getting the compensation you’re entitled to.
Get Herschensohn Law Firm in your corner and get results
Once you or someone you love suffers an injury in a dog bite attack, it changes your life forever. You’re scared, confused, and left looking for answers. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake and sabotage your claim.
Let our law firm handle everything. Attorney Zach Herschensohn will listen to you, answer your questions, explain your legal options, and fight to get you compensation. Don’t forget – we’ll work for you on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win. Discover what Herschensohn Law Firm can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.