While any injury can be a traumatic experience, a dog attack is especially frightening. Dogs are widely known as "man's best friend," and for the most part, they are - but when a dog becomes aggressive and bites a person, serious injuries can follow, to say nothing of the emotional trauma resulting from the attack. Unfortunately, children are often victims, which can lead to long-term physical and emotional damage.
If you've been hurt by a dog, we can help. Attorney Richard E. Lewis has over three decades' experience representing dog bite victims in Spokane and throughout eastern Washington.
As a rule, if you or your child has been bitten by a dog, the owner's renter's insurance or homeowner's insurance should pay for the resulting injuries. However, actually recovering those damages can be difficult. The insurance company may argue that the attack was provoked or try to downplay the extent of the injury.
The laws surrounding dog bites can be complex, and you need the right attorney to guide you through the process. At Richard Lewis Law, P.S., we've made dog bite law a cornerstone of our practice. We'll explore every potential avenue of compensation and build you a strong case.
Get started today. Contact us to schedule your free consultation with attorney Lewis. Call 866-465-9098.
As a general rule, the larger the dog, the more dangerous the bite. Big dogs have powerful jaws that can break bones and cut deep into tissue. However, even bites from smaller dogs can sever tendons and cause other significant injuries. The likelihood of infection is high, and the ragged edges can lead to significant scarring or even require skin grafts.
Children are particularly likely to be victims of dog attacks, and the injuries may heal improperly, leading to long-term medical issues. Beyond those physical injuries, a dog attack is an intensely traumatic experience, which can require long-term therapy and treatment.
Because of the types of injuries sustained during dog attacks, it's particularly important to fight for compensation in a personal injury case. Often, the funds recovered in a lawsuit can be used to pay for reconstructive surgery that minimizes the scarring and long-term damage caused by the dog bite.
Washington is a strict liability state for dog attacks. That means the owner of the dog is automatically liable for injuries inflicted by the animal. It is not necessary to prove negligence on the part of the owner.
In addition, someone other than the owner who keeps or harbors the dog can be held liable for a bite if he or she had reason to know of the dog's dangerous propensity. This is commonly known as the "one bite rule" - if the dog has bitten before, the person who keeps or harbors the dog should know that it may bite again. However, the term "one bite rule" is a bit of a misnomer as it does not require an actual prior bite; any history of aggression on the animal's part is sufficient. Again, this rule only applies to persons other than the dog owner, who is strictly liable regardless of whether the dog has bitten before.
Safety should be your top priority after a dog attack. Afterward, you need to focus on preparing to handle the legal case arising from the bite. Here are some steps to take:
Contact us as soon as possible after a dog attack. We need to start working on your case quickly, before witnesses' memories fade and evidence disappears. The sooner you seek legal help, the easier it will be to get compensation for the bite.
Pit bulls, including American bulldogs, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers as well as mixes combining those breeds, are some of the most common dangerous dogs. If you've been injured by a pit bull in the Spokane area, Richard E. Lewis can help.
Rottweilers have a fearsome reputation, and it's not entirely undeserved. They consistently make up a high percentage of dog attacks every year. After an attack by a Rottweiler in Spokane County, turn to Richard Lewis Law to seek compensation.
Because of their tendency to use a guiding nip or grab-and-drag with children, German shepherds are involved in a high number of attacks. Children may misinterpret their intentions and pull away, leading to severe injuries. Spokane attorney Richard E. Lewis can help.
Mastiffs are some of the largest dogs around, which means they can cause severe injuries - sometimes even without actually biting. If you or a loved one was injured by a mastiff in the Spokane area, turn to attorney Richard E. Lewis for help.
Siberian huskies and other related breeds have been involved in many fatal attacks. They can do a great deal of damage in part because of their sheer size. An attack by a husky is a serious matter, and you'll need an experienced Spokane attorney on your side. You need Richard E. Lewis.
Like pit bulls, bulldogs were bred in part for their aggressive tendencies, and those tendencies can lead to devastating attacks. Take action after being bitten by a bulldog. Call Richard Lewis Law today for a free consultation.
In recent years, wolf hybrids or "wolfdogs" have become more and more popular in Washington. These dogs can be exceptionally dangerous because of their wild tendencies. If you've been attacked, you need Richard E. Lewis to handle your case.
Many breeds of dogs can cause injuries, including golden retrievers, boxers and Doberman pinschers, among many others. Regardless of the breed, you deserve justice after a dog attack. Contact Richard Lewis Law today.