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Dog Bite Statute of Limitations For Washington State

Updated on: 11/6/2019

For adults in Washington state, the statute of limitations (SOL) for dog bite injury claims is three (3) years from the date of the initial dog bite or attack which caused the person's bodily injury.

The three-year SOL remains the case for all personal injury legal actions, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and so on. 

This means an adult's bodily injury claim must be settled or a lawsuit must be filed in the proper jurisdiction court within three years of the date of the dog bite.

For children who are attacked by a dog, the three-year statute of limitations period does not begin to run until a minor child is 18 years old. Thus, a child will usually have until his or her 21st birthday to settle the dog bite claim or file a lawsuit in court. Usually, however, a young child’s claim should be resolved well before that child turns 21 year old.

Learn More About Dog Bite Claims

Award-winning Seattle personal injury attorney Chris Davis founded Davis Law Group in 1994 and has helped injury victims get justice and recover fair compensation for their injuries due to a variety of causes.

After finding himself repeatedly representing injured dog bite victims in 2005, Mr. Davis added "When The Dog Bites: The Essential Guide To Dog Bite Claims In Washington" to the Washington Accident Books series of free legal guides. 

Injured victims can request a free copy of When The Dog Bites by visiting or by calling Davis Law Group's downtown Seattle office at (206) 727-4000. Dog bite victims who are considering hiring an attorney to handle their case may also request a free legal consultation with the Davis Law Group staff. 

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