Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Have you been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal? Are you a family member of someone who was fatally injured by an animal? Even though dogs are man’s best friend, a variety of circumstances could cause a dog to bite or attack, including lack of training, neglect, or fear. If you are bitten by a dog, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible because dog bites could cause scarring, bacterial infections, or rabies. In more severe cases, dog attacks could even cause death. Whatever the circumstances might be, the owner is most likely liable for damages caused by the animal. After seeking the appropriate medical care, the victim or victim’s family of a dog bite or attack should seek the advice of legal counsel before contacting an insurance company. Dog owners are legally responsible for damage caused by their dog’s attacking of a person.
In addition, other types of pets could potentially cause injury to a person, such as horses or wild animals. As a result, parties other than owners can be held liable for damages caused by an animal, such as:
- animal keepers (pound, kennel, or animal sitters) who are responsible for the care or custody of the animal;
- property owners if they allowed the animal onto their property;
- landlords who knew that a potentially dangerous animal was kept on the premises; and
- parents of minors if the animal was owned by a person under the age of 18.
Unless the victim of the dog or animal bite or attack intentionally provoked the animal, the owner or keeper, will most likely be liable for the damages caused. Animal owners have a reasonable duty to keep people safe from the attack of their animals.
Dog bites and animal attacks can be scary and confusing, so Herschensohn Law will aggressively seek compensation for victim’s medical bills, lost wages, emotional damage, and pain and suffering in cases of dog bites and animal attacks. Contact us today for a free case evaluation in one of our offices in West Seattle, Tacoma, Kenmore, and Kent.