Ryan Hilts, Oregon injury law firm, has successfully handled many cases involving dangerous dogs. If you have suffered a dog bite or injury from a dangerous dog, please call for a free consultation.
In my experience, victims of dog bites are not treated fairly until they get a skilled attorney. Before an attorney is involved, dog owners often ignore requests from the victim to pay for damages and/or refuse to notify their insurance companies. Insurance companies often try to deny the claim, or blame the victim for provoking the dog.
Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
Each city and county has differing laws regarding liability for dog owners. Certain dog breeds, for example, are known to have dangerous propensities. In some cities or counties, owners of these breeds of dogs can be strictly liable for any injuries their dog causes just because of the dog’s specific breed. Pit Bulls, for example, are almost always on the list.
In other instances, if a dog has a history of prior attacks or if the owner knew of the dog’s “dangerous propensities,” the owner is liability for any subsequent attacks. This is also often referred to as the “one bite rule.”
We do a thorough investigation of our cases to find out about the dog’s history and the owner’s knowledge of the history.
If you are bitten by a dog and would like to make a claim, here is a list of things to remember:
- Seek medical advice immediately as dog bites have a high chance of becoming infected.
- Whether you know the dog’s owner or not, be sure to get the owner’s home or rental insurance information, including insurance company name, policy number, and claims phone number.
- Dog bites are often covered under a person’s home or rental insurance policy and there is usually good coverage for medical expenses and damages.
- Take pictures of your injuries.