Lawyers Experienced in Dog Bite Cases
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States each year
These dog bite or dog attack injuries range from minor skin lacerations requiring only minimal treatment to serious wounds that must be repaired surgically and may lead to permanent physical handicap. Some cases require long and expensive treatments, meaning that the victim might even lose wages as a result. The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that 17% of all dog-related injuries are sufficiently serious to warrant medical attention. Unfortunately, some pets continue to be loose or allowed to be near people they aren't familiar with, making dog bite incidents more likely.
Despite this reality, it's important to remember that dog owners are responsible for their animal’s behavior on and off their own property, and liable for any damages caused as a result of that behavior. Owners are also completely responsible for the actions of unleashed dogs in areas where restraint is required. If you a re a dog owner, you should consider this reality and work with your insurance company if you want to be protected. Furthermore, you should take the necessary precautions to teach your dog good behavior, and have a plan in place to prevent accidents.
If it is determined that a dog is unnaturally violent, possibly because it has been abused by its owner or bred for violence, then the owner can face serious charges, up to, and including, jail time. Do not let this happen to you.
What to Do When a Dog Bites You
Taking care of dogs is a responsibility that must always be taken seriously, and those individuals who choose not to respect that fact can be held for serious liability. Any animal requires care. And some dogs who might have a tendency to become aggressive or defensive must be dealt with correctly. Otherwise, they will expose people — and even children — to risks. Dog bites are not a matter to be taken lightly, and owners are ultimately responsible for all aspect of their animal’s behavior.
At the Bernard Law Group, our skilled legal professionals have experience with this type of litigation. Helping countless victims of dog bite incidents, our attorneys are here to help you to get the justice you deserve. In one such case, a friend visiting the dog owner’s home was bitten in the face. We secured the victim a $100,000 settlement. If you're the victim, wouldn't you want the best representing you?
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Our expert personal injury attorneys will examine every aspect of your dog bite case and will help you to recover monetary compensation to help cover the costs of medical bills, physical therapy, and applicable loss of income resulting from your injury. We want you to get back to your best health and quickly, but we also want to bring you justice — it is your right.
Please call for am absolutely free consultation, and our knowledgeable dog bite attorneys in Washington state will help you to restore balance to your life. Contact us today.
Seattle, WA Attorney Discusses Major Dog Bite Incident on TV
A woman's life changed dramatically on May 30, 2016 when her neighbor's dog attacked her and her service pet, leaving her with injuries that prevent her from working. In an interview for Kiro 7, Bernard Law Group's attorney Tom Budinich discussed the case while urging others to know their rights when it comes to dog owner liability in the great state of Washington.
During the conversation, Budinich explained that “if you’re bitten by dog, you’re entitled to be paid for your pain and suffering, for your medical bills, any wage loss.” It isn't a promise, it is your right as a victim. So do not let too much time go by before contacting an attorney. We are here for you.
For more, check out the interview here or below.