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Dog bites and animal attacks are more common than one might think, and victims often suffer serious injuries, including permanent disfigurement, nerve and tissue damage and psychological trauma. Medical bills are often costly, and victims may require significant medical treatment to fully recover from a dog bite injury. If you have been attacked by a dog in Seattle or elsewhere in Washington state, call the experienced dog bite attorneys at Davis Law Group to discuss your legal rights and options.
Every successful dog bite recovery starts with the injured victim having up-to-date and accurate information about the legal process. Attorney Chris Davis provided much of this information for free and we encourage you to read our book, When the Dog Bites: The Essential Guide to Dog Bite Claims in Washington, and to browse our website to find out more information about dog bites and the insurance process.
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. Request a free legal consultation with our dog bite lawyers by calling (206) 727-4000.
Washington state law imposes strict liability on the owner of a dog for personal injuries suffered by another person. The relevant dog bite 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.
A dog’s owner may be held liable for injuries if an attack occurs 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 and was not trespassing or loitering at the time. There are exceptions to this, and it’s important to know how state law can affect your rights if a person suffered personal injuries at:
Dog owners are legally responsible for physical, emotional, and economic damage caused by their dog attacking another person. The law applies regardless of whether the dog has a history of vicious behavior, which is an important distinction.
Some of the common injuries that may result from a dog bite include:
Award-winning personal injury attorney Chris Davis has handled some of the most notable dog bite & animal attack cases in Wa
shington State history.
As one of Washington state’s most recognized dog bite lawyers with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Davis is
often featured by local or national news media covering dog bite issues or some of his individual cases.
You may have him on local stations such as KING5, KOMO4, KIRO7 and Q13Fox. Here are just a few cases you may have seen in the news. Click here to see video of TV interviews.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog, Washington state law permits you to file a claim for financial compensation against the dog owner.
You may just want more information about dog bite legal claims and common insurance issues. If that’s the case, attorney Chris Davis offers his free book, When the Dog Bites: The Essential Guide to Dog Bite Claims in Washington.
The team of Seattle dog bite lawyers at Davis Law Group will review your dog bite injury claim absolutely free of charge. We will also help you better understand whether you would benefit from hiring a lawyer. Call our office in Seattle at (206) 727-4000 or use the confidential contact form on this page to have your case personally reviewed by our attorneys.
Our experience with the Davis Law Group was positive from the first moment we consulted with Chris Davis. Chris Davis was attentive, thorough, and helpful throughout a very difficult time. Our paralegal was with us every step of the way with insight and compassion, always responding quickly and effectively with any questions or issues as they arose. I highly recommend the Davis Law Group.
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