Dog Bite Lawsuits, Settlements & Verdicts in Washington State
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.
Washington Animal Attack 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.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an animal attack in Washington State contact attorney Chris Davis and the team at Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 to schedule your free legal consultation.
$975,000 for the Estate of a man who died from a serious infection after a dog bite. Read More
$500,000 for a woman who was viciously attacked by a dog that escaped its yard. Read More
$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 Dog Bite Statistics
- Seattle Animal Control sees about 300 dog bites each year. 1 out of 5 of those accidents involved pit bulls, even though only 1 out of 20 dogs in the US are pitbulls.
- According to the Insurance Information Institute dog bites cost American home insurers 6.4 percent more in 2009 than in the previous year, with the average claim exceeding $24,000 for the third straight year.
- Injuries from dog bites and attacks cost $412 million in 2009, compared with $387.2 million a year earlier, the fifth straight increase. The number of claims increased 4.8 percent to 16,586. Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 50% of dog bite fatalities are children under 10 years old. These dog bites range from minor injuries to serious dog maulings, resulting in bodily injury and even death. In 2012, there were an estimated 38 fatal dog attacks in the United States.
- In the US, approximately 100 children are bitten by dogs every day and approximately 92 of these children will need medical attention. One third of all injury claims against homeowner liability policies are related to dog attacks.
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."
- Washington State Dog Bite Law
- Seattle Dog Bite Ordinance
- King County Washington Dog Bite Regulations
- Seattle Passes Vague New Ordinance, Seattle Weekly, June 28, 2011.
- Does Seattle's Dangerous Dog Ordinance Have Any Real Teeth?
- Dog Bite Cases: Concerns About Insurance
Top 10 Most Dangerous Dog Breeds
Statistically speaking, the following dogs tend to naturally be more aggressive than other breeds and may require special training and handling in order to keep family members, guests, neighbors and the general public safe from attack.
- Pit Bulls
- German Shepherds
- Doberman Pinschers
- Chow Chow
- Presa Canario
- Alaskan Malamutes
- $975,000 Settlement for Man Who Died from Dog Bite Read The Client Story
- $600,000 Person Injured In Dog Attack (Case No. 200598, Insurance Company: Grange)
- $500,000 Settlement in Pit Bull Mauling Attack Read The Client Story
- $300,000 Dog Attack (Case No. 200748, Insurance Company: State Farm)
- $250,000 Dog Bite / Confidential Case Details (Case No. 200129, Insurance Company: California Casualty)
- $200,000 Dog Attacks Unsuspecting Victim (Case No. 200819, Insurance Company: Allstate)
- $200,000 Confidential Dog Bite Case (Case No. 200931, Insurance Company: American Bankers of Florida)
- $187,500 Settlement for Dog Bite Victim
- $150,000 Woman Attacked By Pit Bull Mix (Case No. 200670, Insurance Company: Mutual of Enumclaw)
- $150,000 Woman Attacked By Pit Bull (Case No. 200534, Insurance Company: Farmers)
- $150,000 Man Attacked By Pitbull Mix (Case No. 200604, Insurance Company: American Bankers of Florida)
- $127,000 Man Attacked By Dog (Case No. 201063, Insurance Company: Pemco)
- $125,000 For Dog Bite Bite on Arms & Legs
- $100,000 Settlement for Dog Attack Victim Bitten on the Face
- $90,000 Man Attacked By Neighbor's Unleashed Dog (Case No. 200582, Insurance Company: Allstate)
- $80,000 Woman Bitten By Unleashed Dog (Case No. 200533, Insurance Company: Farmers)
- $70,000 Dog Bites Young Boy (Case No. 200980, Insurance Company: State Farm)
- $66,700 Dog Bites Woman On Face (Case No. 200421, Insurance Company: Allstate)
- $60,000 Dog Bites Woman Walking Near Home (Case No. 200754, Insurance Company: State Farm)
- $42,431 Pedestrian Walking Dogs Hit By Minivan From Behind (Case No. 200560, Insurance Company: State Farm)