When a Dog Bites

Posted:  Feb 18, 2016
Every day approximately 1,000 U.S. citizens suffer dog bites that require emergency medical care. This number does not factor in the numerous bites that do not need emergency care. However, if you are bitten by a dog, and even if your bite does not require emergency care, it is still extremely important to seek medical attention to avoid infection and potential disfiguring scarring. Medical care also helps to establish what damages you suffered in order to aid in recovery.

Contrary to popular belief, no dog in Washington is allowed a “free bite.” Dog owners have a duty to control their pet and are responsible for the actions of their pet. However, a victim’s ability to recover may be limited or barred if they provoke the animal or are trespassing. 

If you have been bitten by a dog it is best to speak with an experienced Washington personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident to determine what rights and legal options may be available to you.   

If you have been seriously injured due to a dog bite, or have a loved one that has been killed as the result of such actions, you may be entitled to recover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other monetary compensation for your injuries and loss. 

Our personal injury attorneys represent victims of serious accidents throughout Washington State including: Pierce County, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Bremerton, Auburn, Olympia, and the surrounding areas. 

For a free case evaluation please call one of our Tacoma personal injury lawyers at (253) 572-2684. 

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