Roughly 40% of American households own a dog. And while many of these are wonderful pets offering companionship, sometimes a dog will bite or attack. In fact, dog bites cause 4 million emergency room visits every year. Are you wondering if you can take legal action after a dog bite? If so, a Lacey dog bite lawyer from our team is happy to speak with you at no cost. We’ll let you know if we feel you’re eligible to pursue compensation from the dog’s owner.
There are many reasons why a dog might suddenly turn violent and attack, even if the dog is normally well-natured.
Some of these reasons might include:
Sometimes, there may be more than one factor at play. There are situations when you may not be eligible to pursue compensation following a dog bite. For instance, if you had provoked the dog, if the owner had warned you about the dog, or you were trespassing. In any case, there’s no charge to have one of our attorneys hear what happened and discuss your legal options.
We tend to think of dog bites as being puncture wounds. And while they certainly can be that, a dog attack can inflict a range of many serious injuries, including:
No matter what, we encourage you to seek medical care immediately following a dog bite. Even bites that seem smaller in nature could lead to infections.
We understand that it can be stressful to have to deal with the dog’s owner following an attack. This is one of the great benefits of working with a personal injury lawyer – we’ll handle all the communication. Sometimes, it’s difficult because you know the dog’s owner. Perhaps it’s a neighbor or a friend. You should know that in most cases, a claim will be made against the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance. In many cases, we can negotiate a settlement outside of court.
You can count on our compassionate attorneys to work with tact and discretion.
In the state of Washington. you have only a limited window of time to file a personal injury claim after a dog bite. So, we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible to a Lacey dog bite lawyer from our team to schedule your free case review. As a reminder, there’s no cost for this appointment. Plus, we work on a contingency-fee basis which means that you only pay us if we’re able to win you a settlement. Call us today.