Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
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Washington Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Dog bite laws vary from state to state. If you have been a victim in the state of Washington, the law is strongly on your side. A Washington lawyer may be able to help you recover costs for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Washington State’s Dog Bite Statute
Animal attack laws in some states are tricky. But Washington's dog bite statute is clear. Dog owners are strictly liable for damages if their dogs bite another person. It does not matter whether the dog has a history of violent behavior or if an owner had any reason to suspect the animal might be dangerous.
There are a couple of caveats. Most notably, the victim must not have been trespassing. At the time of the attack, the victim must have been either on public property or legally on private property, including the pet owner’s. Strict liability laws also generally do not apply if the victim has provoked a dog, such as through teasing or tormenting.
Should You Accept a Settlement?
Depending on the circumstances of the attack, the dog's owner or the owner's insurance company may offer you a settlement to keep the matter out of court. There are pros and cons to consider:
- Settlements happen faster than trials, so you will get your money in hand sooner. This can be a big motivator if medical bills from the incident are already piling up.
- There is a chance you could collect more if you went to court, but there's no guarantee. Your lawyer can help determine what the odds are in your case.
- Trials can be lengthy and stressful, but some find them to be more emotionally rewarding.
Washington state attorneys can advise on any offer you receive stemming from a dog bite.
Locate a Local Washington Animal Attack Attorney
Dog bites are more than just a nuisance. Victims in Washington state have good reason to be optimistic about their odds for recovering damages. Call now to speak with a Washington dog bite lawyer at 877-913-7222.