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Seattle Dog Bite Injury Attorneys

Dog bites and attacks are very common and can cause serious injuries, including permanent disfigurement, nerve and tissue damage and psychological trauma. In extreme cases, dog attacks may result in death. If you have been attacked by a vicious dog you may need the help of an experienced dog bite lawyer in order to get compensation for your losses.

Award-Winning Dog Bite Attorneys

Davis Law Group founder Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized civil litigation lawyers practicing in Washington State.  Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards

Chris Davis is considered by many to be the top dog bite law attorney in Washington State.  Washington Super Lawyer Magazine featured Mr. Davis in an articled entitled: When The Dog Bites....It's Time to Call in Christopher M. Davis.

 

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$975,000 for the Estate of a man who died from a serious infection after a dog bite. Read More

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$500,000 for a woman who was viciously attacked by a dog that escaped its yard. Read More

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$300,000 for a woman who was attacked by a dog while visiting a friend's apartment. Read More

Dog Bite Attorney Chris Davis In The News

As a prominent personal injury lawyer with experience in handling dog bite claims, attorney Chris Davis's expert opinion is often featured by local media covering impaired animal attack-related issues and incidents.

Washington State Dog Bite Laws

Washington’s Dog Bite Law imposes strict liability on the dog’s owner for injuries inflicted by the animal on another personal. The relevant statute, RCW 16.08.040, states as follows:

The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.

In other words, dog owners are legally responsible for physical, emotional, and economic damage caused by their dog attacking another person. The owner is responsible if the attack occurred in a public place or a lawfully private place, including the dog owner’s own private property, so long as the victim was legally allowed to be there (i.e. not trespassing or loitering). The statute applies regardless of whether the dog has a history of vicious behavior, which is an important distinction.

 

References

Baldwin, Steffen. "The Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics Behind Dog Bites." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 Sept. 2015. Web. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steffen-baldwin/the-lies-damn-lies-and-st_b_8112394.html>.
"Dog Bite Liability." Insurance Information Institute., n.d. Web. <http://www.iii.org/issue-update/dog-bite-liability>.
" Dog Bite Prevention." American Veterinary Medical Association. American Veterinary Medical Association, n.d. Web. <https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx>.
"Dog Bites Accounted For More Than One-Third Of All Homeowners Liability Pay Outs Last Year As Cost Per Claim Soars." Insurance Information Institute. Insurance Information Institute, Inc, 13 May 2015. Web. <http://www.iii.org/press-release/dog-bites-accounted-for-more-than-one-third-of-all-homeowners-liability-pay-outs-last-year-as-cost-per-claim-soars-051315>.
"Fact Sheets: Dogs." American Humane Society. American Humane Society, n.d. Web. <http://www.americanhumane.org/fact-sheet/?fact-sheet-section=dogs>.
"RCW 16.08.040: Dog Bites-Liability." Washington State Legislature. Washington State Legislature, n.d. Web. <http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=16.08.040>.
"U.S. Dog Bite Statistics." DogsBite.org. Lynn Media Group, n.d. Web. <http://www.dogsbite.org/dog-bite-statistics.php>.
Wilson, Sara Logan. "Dog Bite Statistics." Canine Journal. Cover Story Media, Inc., 04 Apr. 2017. Web. <https://www.caninejournal.com/dog-bite-statistics/>.

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