Thousands of dog bites and attacks occur in Washington every year. Unfortunately, many of these injuries require extensive surgery. What makes this statistic even more frightening is that children are often the victims, and they may suffer psychological or emotional injuries in addition to permanent physical scarring.
Dog owners in our state have clear responsibilities to control and supervise their animals. They are liable for bites inflicted by their dogs while the victim is in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner. Dog owners can be liable even if the dog has no history of viciousness or if owners have no knowledge of such viciousness.
When dog owners do have knowledge that a dog is vicious or dangerous, they must take extra precautions to protect the public from the dog, such as the following:
When a dog attack causes serious personal injury, it is important that you promptly obtain the assistance of an attorney experienced in dog bite and animal attack cases. Your attorney can secure the evidence and obtain witness statements that will be necessary to prove liability. Statutes of limitations limit the amount of time you have to bring a claim, so legal action should be taken quickly to protect your rights. The lawyers at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC have handled numerous dog attack cases and recovered substantial damages for the victims.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of a dog bite or attack, call the trial lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC, now at (866) 454-7445 or click here to submit a FREE case review. Our initial consultation is free of charge and we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.
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