Oregon Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Dog bites are more than a nuisance. They can cause severe injuries and lingering emotional distress. If you have been a victim, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. An Oregon lawyer can help. The sooner you reach out for legal help, the sooner your attorney can begin building your case.
What Does Oregon Law Say About Dog Bites?
In Oregon, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries their dogs cause only if their dogs have a known propensity for violence. The most obvious example would be if the dog had bitten someone before. This is what is known as the “one-bite” rule. Simply stated, strict liability does not kick in until after there has been one bite. There may be some caveats, however, depending on your particular situation. So it is crucial to consult with a lawyer who regularly handles dog bite cases in your state.
What to Expect in a Dog Bite Lawsuit
If you decide to file a lawsuit, your attorney may ask for:
- Photos of your injuries
- Any items damaged in the attack, such as torn clothing or shoes
- Copies of your medical records
- Copies of your medical bills
You may also need to give a deposition, which is a statement, under oath, detailing what happened. Your attorney may try to negotiate a settlement before taking the matter to trial.
Should You Accept a Settlement?
The dog's owner or his or her insurance company may offer you a settlement. There are advantages and disadvantages to settling out of court. Settlements tend to be much quicker, but some victims find a trial to be more emotionally satisfying. Your lawyer can help you weigh the pros and cons of any offers you get.
Locate a Local Oregon Animal Bites Attorney
Dog attacks can be physically and emotionally traumatizing. The good news is you may be due compensation for your injuries. Once you have gotten medical care, your next step should be consulting with an attorney. Call now to speak with an Oregon dog bite lawyer at 877-913-7222.