Seattle Dog Bite Lawyer
Personal injury attorney for dog and animal bites cases
The Centers for Disease Control has found that more than 4.7 million people are victims of a dog bite injury annually, resulting in an estimated 800,000 injuries requiring medical treatment.
Washington State law favors the victims of dog bites. Under Washington law, the dog’s owner is strictly liable for bites the dog inflicts. Washington even extends liability beyond the dog’s owner to include the person harboring or keeping the dog.
Seattle personal injury lawyer Pino Certa is knowledgeable in the area of Washington dog bite law, and is skilled in litigating these cases. If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite, contact our law firm at 855.838.2500. Getting legal counsel from an experienced attorney may help you be properly compensated for your dog bit injury.
Liability for Dog Bites in Washington
State laws to determine dog owner liability for dog bites or attacks include:
- Dog Bite Statute - The dog’s owner is responsible for any injuries or damages that the dog inflicts when it has not been provoked. This is true even if the owner does not know of the dog’s vicious propensities and even if the dog has never bitten before.
- One-bite Rule – This law requires the victim of a dog bite to prove the keeper or harborer of the dog knew about the dog’s “vicious or dangerous propensities.” In other words, the dog has bitten someone before, so the keeper, or harborer of the dog knows it bites. This law’s importance in Washington is that it extends liability to persons other than the dog owner himself. This law is not necessary to prove against a dog owner, because Washington has a dog bite statute which makes the owner liable even if the owner does not know of the dog’s vicious propensities and even if the dog has never bitten before.
- Negligence Laws - If the dog acts in a vicious way because of owner neglect or abuse, either by inflicting bites or other injuries, the dog’s owner may be held liable.
What should you do if bitten by a dog?
Before anything else, seek any necessary medical treatment for the dog bite. You should also report the incident to the local animal control agency.
Documents needed for your claim:
- Copies of your medical records
- Copy of your written report to the animal control agency
- Photos of the injury
- Medical and prescription receipts
If your dog bite injury took place in Washington, contact Seattle dog bite lawyer Pino Certa immediately, either by calling toll free 855.838.2500 or by submitting a contact form. We will schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.
Our law firm is conveniently located in Seattle, in the Columbia Center and near City Hall. We have assisted clients from Seattle, Tacoma, Kent, and Everett and throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties achieve successful outcomes to their personal injury cases.
Certa Law Group is experienced in handling personal injury cases including, but not limited to, car and motorcycle accidents, construction site accidents, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, dog bites, elder abuse and insurance claim disputes.