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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 attorney in Seattle in order to get compensation for your losses.

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.

Featured Dog Bite Client Stories

$975,000 Dollar Settlement Dog Bite Death Case

Man dies of massive infection just 10 days after being bitten on the hand by a wandering dog. Our firm recovered a $975,000 settlement for his family.

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$500,000 Settlement for Victim of Vicious Pit Bull Attack

We negotiated a $500,000 settlement for a woman who was attacked by a pit bull on a public roadway, scarring her face and ripping off part of her lip.

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$300,000 for Dog Bite Victim with Facial Injuries

Our firm negotiated a $300,000 settlement for a dog bite victim who was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull mix.  She suffered severe, gaping lacerations to her face and nose.

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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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