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The CDC reports that 4.5 million people in the U.S. suffer injuries from dog bites each year. One in five of these bites will require some form of medical attention/treatment. It is estimated that more than 31,000 individuals every year require reconstructive surgery due to injuries suffered from a dog bite.
Unfortunately, the victim is often a child whose injuries tend to be most severe. Adult males are the next highest category of persons likely to suffer this form of injury. Liability for the injuries of a person bitten by a dog now accounts for more than one-third of all homeowner’s insurance claims, according to a study performed by the Insurance Information Institute.
Washington State Dog Bite Laws
Washington State law under RCW 16.08.040 holds a dog owner liable for the damages caused by the animal, including injuries sustained while attempting to evade the attack. Significantly, if fitting within the parameters of the statute, the owner faces strict liability. This means that the victim does not need to prove the owner was negligent in order to recoup damages. Instead, they need only be established that the dog did, in fact, cause the injury.
Recoverable damages may include:
- Medical treatment received
- Cosmetic/reconstructive surgery if required
- Psychological and emotional counseling to help the victim cope with paranoia and phobia resulting from the attack
- Pain and suffering
- Additional mental anguish suffered as a result of the attack
- Lost wages if the victim was unable to work as a result of the injury
Washington law further provides that the dog owner is liable whether they knew of the particular animal’s aggressive, dangerous propensity or not. The owner is liable whether the attack occurs on public property or when the victim is lawfully on private property, even the dog owner’s private property. Two caveats to this general rule are 1) that the victim must have a legal right to be on the private property/premises, for example, one who is criminally trespassing on the property cannot sue for damages, and 2) the victim must not be provoking or tormenting the dog or breaking the law at the time. This statute also does not apply to the lawful application of a police dog.
In a dog-bite claim, the necessary information will include:
- The identity of the animal that attacked
- The identity of its owner
- That the claimant was in fact attacked by the dog
- That it was a dog bite that caused the injuries claimed and
- That the injured person had a legal right to be in the place where attacked
If you or someone you care about has suffered a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation. Homeowners and renters insurance policies will typically provide coverage for dog bite claims, but the insurance companies have a vested interest in paying you as little as possible. Park Chenaur & Associates has extensive experience in negotiating with the insurance companies and will provide the aggressive representation you need to get full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Did a great job in handling my case. Quick and professional. Communicated with me every step of the way and the end result was more than expected. I highly reccomend and am forever grateful.
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Mr. Park was understanding, extraordinarily competent, and hard working. His advice and guidance every step of the way was invaluable and extremely helpful. He was always very easy to reach by phone or email, kept me updated on all aspects of the case and succeeded in getting me a fair and generous settlement.
When you talk with them they are able to walk you through your case step-by-step, and they are able to make you understand each and every aspect of your case.
They handled my case very professionally. They were always very helpful, always available, very kind and great to work with. I felt like I was treated like family.
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My wife and son were in a collision in February, Mitchell was amazing. He made our family feel very cared for and took care of everything for us. A very competent and professional person. If I ever have any issues again I know the first place I’m going. Thanks Mitchell
My case recently closed and I am glad to have worked with Mitchel Pinedo during the entire process. I did not know how to deal with this situation as I had never been in a car accident before. I was not well health wise and neither was my mother. I lost my car as it was totaled and I was not at fault. Mitchel handled the case and exceeded all expectations. He kept me updated and answered all of my questions. Mitchel is very professional and was always punctual to our meetings. I highly recommend you to see Mitchel if you are in need of a great lawyer.
I first worked with Kimberly Yoon about 10 years ago for an auto accident case. Though I had no knowledge of legal procedures, she was so patient and sincerely empathetic. So when I was involved in another auto accident, I knew she was the best person to call. Her level of experience and client care exceeded my expectations. Her assistant, Michael, is just as caring and quick to follow up as she is. Thank you very much for eliminating much of the stress that follows an accident and ensuring that your client gets the best care!
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My mother and I worked with Mitchel Pinedo after our car accident and all I can say is he’s truly wonderful. He made the entire process easy to understand and was extremely helpful. It was our first time seeking out a lawyer and having him help us from start to finish made the whole experience much better and stress free.
I have had a positive experience and will continue to recommended to friends and family. I could not have asked for a better firm or attorney for not one but several cases. Park Chenaur & Associates are honest, courteous, friendly, knowledgeable, and have been very important and good to me for several years. I highly recommend!
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