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Seattle Dog Bite Attorneys

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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 in Seattle or elsewhere in Washington state, you may need the help of the experienced dog bite attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S. in order to get compensation for your losses.

Dog Bite Victims' Rights Lawyers

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.  Back in 2010 Washington Super Lawyer Magazine featured Mr. Davis in an articled entitled: When The Dog Bites....It's Time to Call in Christopher M. Davis.

If you or a loved one has been injured after being bitten or attacked by a dog, it is important for you to act quickly to protect your rights. Davis Law Group has the experience and expertise necessary to conduct a proper investigation into the circumstances of your injuries and who may be responsible.  Contact us today by calling (206) 727-4000.

Washington Dog Bite Attorney In The News

best dog bite attack attorney in washington stateAttorney Chris Davis has handled some of the most notable dog attack cases in recent Washington State history.  As a prominent injury lawyer with experience in handling serious dog bite and pit bull attack legal claims, Davis is often featured by local or national new media covering dog-bite-related issues and/or some of his cases. You may have him on local stations such as KING5, KOMO4, KIRO7 and Q13Fox.  Many of his cases have been featured on local and national new programs. 

Here are just a few cases you may have seen in the news.  Click here to see video of TV interviews.  

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UPS Driver Four Pitbull Attack - Kevin Backlund, the UPS driver attacked by four pitbulls in Puyallup in September 2017 is currently working with attorney Chris Davis and has appeared in TV and news radio interviews with Davis over the course of the case including when the 9-1-1 tapes were released; during the dangerous dog appeal hearing; post-hearing outcome; and an extended interview with KIRO radio's Dori Monson detailing the horrific attack. 

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Woman Mauled By Two Pitbulls Outside Tacoma Smoke Shop - Donna Berto was viciously mauled by two pit bull dogs in a Tacoma area shopping center, suffering serous injuries to her face, arms and legs. Donna hired attorney Chris Davis to represent her legal interests.  You may have seen Donna and Chris interviewed on InsideEdition.  

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Woman's Face Disfigured In Pitbull Attack - A woman suffered serious injuries to her face when she was attacked by a pit bull while crossing a Burien. She was disfigured in the attack, with the majority of the damage done to her mouth and chin area.  The case made the news when the owners started a legal fight to try to keep their pitbull from being put down.  Attorney Chris Davis appeared at hearings and supported the victim during news interviews.  The dog was distroyed.   

Man Dies From Fatal Dog Bite - Just one day after being bitten by a dog with a long history of agreesion and other bites, a Burien man developed severe pain from a bacterial infection caused by a bacteria commonly found in animal saliva.  Similar to a flesh-eating bacteria, the infection quickly spread and the man died.  The case drew media attention when the family hired Davis Law Group to file a lawsuit to seek justice.  

Featured Dog Bite Client Stories

$975,000 Dollar Settlement Dog Bite Death Case

fatal dog bite deathMan 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

serious dog bite to faceWe 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.

 

Most Dangerous Dog Breeds

The dog breeds listed below tend to be more aggressive than other breeds and are involved in more dog attacks than other brees.  

  • Pit Bulls
  • Rottweilers
  • German Shepherds
  • Huskies
  • Doberman Pinschers

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References

Baldwin, Steffen. "The Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics Behind Dog Bites." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 Sept. 2015. Web. <https://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/>.