Dog attacks and dog bites can create medical bills, lost earnings, pain, scarring and disability from your injuries. We take dog bite cases seriously and typically advance the costs of investigating your claim and negotiating a fair settlement offer. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly 5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Many of the victims are young children who innocently want to pet or play with an animal they believe they can trust. Every day, the report concludes, more than 1,000 people will go to hospitals for emergency treatment because of dog bites. Financially, more than $345 million is paid to victims every year by homeowner insurance carriers.
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What To Do If You Have Been Bitten By A Dog
There are some important steps you should take if you have been bitten by a dog in Washington, which include:
- Get the name and address of the dog's owner, if the owner is present. If the owner is not present, try to write down a clear description of the dog and circumstances of the bite. Safely try to determine whether the dog is wearing a collar with tags.
- Get to a doctor and have the injury treated. Even if the wound does not seem serious, dog bite injuries often result in infections and other diseases that take time to show up.
- Call animal control and report the attack.
- Contact the owner to request the dog's current shot record, if available. Don't discuss money damages with the owner.
- Don't accept any money offered.
- If possible, get photos of the dog. When possible, take photos of your injuries.
- Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney about your best legal options for recovering money damages. In many cases, the dog owner's insurance company will pay all damages and the dog's owner will not be financially affected by a settlement offer.
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At our firm, your first consultation is free. To schedule yours about your dog bite or other animal attack, right away, please call us at 425-885-7500 or contact us via email.