Throughout America, there are nearly 5 million dog bites every year. Unfortunately, there are many quite serious injuries caused by dog attacks. “Man’s best friend” is not always everyone else’s friend. In fact, nearly one million dog bites a year require the victim to seek medical help. Dogs themselves, of course, cannot be blamed for what they do. The dog owner has to follow the law and keep their dog restrained so that it cannot attack anyone. Injuries caused by dogs include:
- Deep skin damage
- Loss of fingers
Children are high on the list of dog attack victims because they are active, noisy and behave unpredictably. This behavior often scares a dog, which causes it to attack the child. Our mail deliverers are common victims, as well, because they often pass through a dog’s territory. Owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs properly restrained and away from others.
After a Dog Bite Incident
When you have suffered a dog bite, it is very important to collect the evidence immediately. This includes the name and contact details of the owner and any photographs that might have been taken of the incident.
Under Portland law, you only need to have been bitten once in order to claim compensation for your injury. Also, you must have been legally on the property where the dog bite took place.
Types of injuries & fractures, our Law Offices of Jon Friedman focus on include:
- Birth Injury
- Bone Fractures
- Brain Injury
- Broken Bones
- Burn Injury
- Catastrophic Injury
- Joint injuries
- Spine Injury
- Whiplash Injury
Contact Our Portland Dog Bite Attorney Now!
If a dog has attacked you or a loved one, it is important that you contact Portland dog bite Lawyer Jonathan M. Friedman immediately. When you contact us, we will compile a case against the owner of the dog and they will be required to pay some sort of compensation for the suffering you have endured.
Dog Bite FAQs
Can I Pursue a Personal Injury Claim If I Am Scratched and Not Bitten?
Dog bite claims must be based on an actual bite. If a dog knocks you or your child down and scratches the skin, that is not considered a dog bite.
What If I Am Bitten By A Dog While Trespassing? Do I Have a Claim?
You must be legally on the property where the dog bite took place to pursue a personal injury claim against the dog owner. If you are invited onto the property or are a guest on the premises, and are bitten by a dog, you may have a claim.
What If I Was Bitten By A Family Member’s Dog?
Most dog bites occur in a friend or family member’s home from a dog the injury victim is familiar with. Dogs are unpredictable and can bite without notice, even when the person or child has a relationship with the dog. Our Portland dog bite attorney may pursue the homeowner’s insurance company for your financial recovery, so you do not have to damage your personal relationship with the owner.
What Damages Are Recoverable In An Oregon Animal Bite Case?
Financial recovery is important after a dog bite injury, so the injured person can heal properly. Each dog bite injury case is unique, and the damages can include current and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disability, scarring, and disfigurement.
Do I Need A Portland Dog Bite Attorney If My Child Is Bitten?
Children can be severely injured by dog bites, and may require long-term medical care, including reconstructive surgery to prevent scarring or disfigurement. To ensure parents can pursue the financial recovery they deserve for these physical and emotional damages, they should partner with an experienced dog bite attorney in Portland. Together, we can aggressively pursue the dog owner’s insurance company for financial recovery, so you can focus on getting your child the care he or she needs.