If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in a dog attack, consider contacting our experienced attorneys. At Russell and Hill PLLC Portland, we have worked with many clients that have been the victim of a dog bite. We know that these situations can be delicate and very difficult for those involved, so we take care when investigating the situation and filing the claim. Contact our Portland office to get a free consultation and the assistance you need.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year approximately 4.5 million people in the nation are bitten by dogs. Of these, 25% will have to seek medical attention for their wounds, and approximately 16 people will be killed. A large percentage of these victims are children.
In Portland, OR, there is an average of approximately 1,000 dog bite incidents reported each year. Many of these bites occur when people are interacting with a dog they know, such as a neighbors or family members pet, creating a tense conflict of interest for those injured. Who is liable for the personal injury? Who covers the damages? How can a personal injury dog bite claim be filed? This is where our team of attorneys can help you.
Causes for liability include concepts of negligence, common law strict liability, and/or violations of local law. What this means for those injured by a dog is;
Dog bite cases and proof of liability can be extremely complex. Some injuries are extensive enough that they will require surgery to repair the damage, and some may even require multiple surgeries or cosmetic procedures. These costs can add quickly, so it is important to file a claim on time, and with the expert assistance of a dog bite accident attorney.
Common injuries include:
Some victims may also experience nerve damage or chronic pain. Reconstructive surgeries, plastic surgery, physical therapy and medications to treat infection may be necessary. Injuries are often more severe for children, as their close proximity and head-level to the attack. Children between the ages of five to nine are at the highest risk for a dog bite injury.
Because many dog attacks occur when the victim is in the company of a friend or family member, many of our Portland clients express a concern about who will be covering the damages. Understandably, victims often wish to avoid a claim being paid by their family, neighbor, or friend.
Thankfully, such a situation is rare. Instead, dog bites and dog attacks are usually covered by one of the following;
While there are no hard and fast rules about the amount of compensation or the types of treatment that will be covered for a dog bite injury, most Portland residents can expect to receive the following compensation;
Victims may sometimes also be eligible to receive special consideration compensation as well. This could be inability to go on prepaid vacation, job retraining, or other similar items of loss. These special cases are complex, however, and should be filed for under the direction of an experienced Portland dog bite accident attorney.
In every unique case, estimating the amount of compensation for a victim is a difficult task that requires the knowledge and experience of seasoned attorneys like those here, at Russell & Hill PLLC Portland. We’ve worked with many dog bite victims and understand the complexities of the laws surrounding them and the ramifications of the injuries. If you or your loved one has been injured in a dog bite attack, take action. Fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our dog bite accident attorneys.