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Many people have dogs as pets and treat them like a member of the family. Responsible dog owners typically train their dogs to be friendly and well-behaved. However, not everyone who owns a dog is responsible, and some people want their dogs to be aggressive and train them to be attack dogs or fighting dogs. Sadly, these dogs often become dangerous because of their mistreatment, and when they attack, they may inflict severe or even fatal injuries upon their victims. If you were hurt in a dog attack, you have the right to take legal action against the dog’s owner.

Aggressive dogs and dangerous dogs

Some dog breeds are known for being aggressive. However, what may come as a surprise is that many of the most aggressive breeds are smaller dogs such as chihuahuas and Jack Russell terriers. However, the dogs that pose the greatest risk to human safety tend to be larger breeds, such as working dogs and sporting dogs. According to a literature review published by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2014, German Shepherds, pit bulls, and Rottweilers were among the breeds most strongly associated with serious bite injuries, as well as mixed-breed dogs (breed mix was not specified in the study). Although smaller dogs may be more prone toward expressing aggression, larger dogs cause the most serious bite wounds.

Dog owners can be held liable for injuries

When a dog attacks, the owner is responsible for the injuries that their dog inflicts upon others. This means that owners can be held liable in court for any damages to persons or property resulting from their dog’s aggressive behavior. Owners could be compelled by the courts to pay for medical treatment costs, lost wages resulting from the victim being too injured to work, and compensation for the pain and suffering the victim endured because of the dog attack.

After the attack

Getting medical care is the first thing to do after being injured in a dog attack. Stabilizing the victim’s medical condition is crucial, and many dog attacks involve major blood loss, severe lacerations, puncture wounds and even bone fractures. After medical treatment has been rendered, it is also important to do the following:

  • Document the attack (take photos of injuries, keep copies of bills showing medical expenses and estimates for reconstructive surgery, etc.)
  • Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss filing a lawsuit against the dog’s owners

We help dog bite injury victims in Seattle

If you or a loved one were hurt by a dog and you need a dog attack injury attorney in Seattle, contact the legal professionals at Russell & Hill, PLLC to discuss your case. We can evaluate your case for free, and we do not charge fees until your case has been won in court or a settlement has been reached. You deserve justice, and you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. We will fight to recover every dollar you are entitled to under the law. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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