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In Portland, we love our dogs. This pup-friendly city has extended many privileges to our furry friends. But with all these friendly, energetic dogs around, sometimes accidents happen. Dog bites and dog attacks are serious matters, and can cause long-lasting injuries.

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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.

Dog Bites In Portland, OR

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.

Who is Liable?

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;

  • The owner of the dog may be liable for the dog bite injury regardless of the dog’s previous behavior
  • A person who knowingly harbors an aggressive dog is responsible for injuries
  • Negligent behavior increases liability on the part of the owner or caretaker, such as failure to discipline, feed, or correct the dog, or failure to follow leash laws that prohibit off-leash activity

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:

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Scrapes
  • Bruising
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Permanent disfigurement from scarring
  • Infection
  • Disability
  • Psychological trauma

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.

Who Covers Compensation for a Dog Bite?

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;

  • Homeowners insurance
  • Renters insurance
  • Motorhome owner insurance
  • Landlord’s insurance (covering the owner, occupant, and/or manager of the property)
  • Commercial general liability insurance (covering stores, offices, and other businesses)
  • Employers insurance (protects employees only)
  • Motor vehicle insurance (if the attack occurred while the dog and/or victim was in the vehicle)

What Can You Expect to Be Covered?

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;

  • Emergency room or urgent care charges, including ambulance transport
  • Medical treatment, including tending the wound and any necessary medications
  • Surgeries or procedures performed to repair, including reconstructive surgeries for scar reduction and disfigurement
  • Physical therapy and/or pain management programs
  • Psychological counseling due to emotional trauma or guidance on dealing with a disfigurement (this may also include counseling for family members who witnessed the attack)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning capacity as a result of the injuries
  • Damage to property, such as torn clothing, broken glasses, etc

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.

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