Dogs are the most common household pets in the United States. Estimates predict that 50% of all Americans will be bitten in their lifetime by an animal and that approximately 1 million dog bites occur annually. If you were bitten by a dog it is important to take the following steps:
- Get medical treatment. Animal bites can result in infection, nerve damage, blood loss and scarring.
- Call the police. Having a trusted neutral party like a police officer available to document the event can prove valuable if the case later goes to trial.
- Take pictures of the injury, the dog and the scene. Identification of the dog, its owner and the circumstances are all important in proving a dog bite case.
- Call a personal injury attorney that knows how to handle a dog bite case. The law in Oregon regarding dog bites is complex.
Do not give a statement to an insurance representative prior to speaking with a qualified dog bite attorney.
Oregon follows the “one bite rule” when it comes to dog bites. Under the common law this meant that a dog owner was considered not to have knowledge of their pet’s dangerous nature until they bit someone. The owner was then put on notice that the animal was dangerous and were liable if the dog bit another person. For answers to questions regarding dog bites, please see the Dog Bite Injury FAQs.
Under Oregon’s legal framework the owner of the dog is strictly liable for injuries caused by a dog only if the owner knows or has reason to know of the dog’s dangerous propensities. An owner can still be held liable if they are found to be otherwise negligent in failing to prevent the attack. There are also sometimes local county and / or city ordinances affecting a dog bite case.
Every dog bite case is different. If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance concerning a dog bite, contact The Law Office of Josh Lamborn, P.C. for a free initial consultation. I will be able to help you determine whether the dog owner is liable for damages in your case. I handle dog bite cases in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and surrounding Oregon counties. All dog bite cases are handled on a contingency fee basis which means that I get paid for my services only if you receive a monetary recovery. Most dog bite cases have a two year statute of limitations so it is important that you call a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your rights.
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Common dog bite injuries: Abrasions, Lacerations, Punctures, Tissue loss and avulsion, Crush injuries, Fractured bones, Sprains / Strains, Scarring, Infection
, Nerve damage