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Bellingham Dog Bite Lawyer

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While dogs are a very popular pet in Bellingham and across the United States, dangerous and violent dogs can pose significant risks to the public. Each year, thousands of people suffer injuries and even death as a result of dog bites, and the owners responsible for these animals do not always take necessary precautions to prevent another attack from happening.

If you are suffering from a dog bite in Bellingham, our dog bite attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. For years, Bellingham residents have trusted us to guide them through the lawsuit and insurance claims processes for many different types of cases, including dog bites.

Why Choose Our Dog Bite Lawyers

  • Our Bellingham personal injury firm operates on a contingency fee basis to help limit your out of pocket costs. We will not charge you legal fees unless we win your case, and we will take an agreed-upon percentage of your final settlement as payment.
  • Our attorneys will advocate aggressively for your needs both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. If the at-fault party or insurance company does not settle, we will not hesitate to move your case to trial.
  • We understand how difficult life can be after a personal injury. We will gladly meet with you at your home, hospital room, or another convenient location upon your request.

Bellingham Dog Ordinances and Liability Laws

Revised Code of Washington section 16.08.040 governs dog bite liability laws in Bellingham. Under this statute, you can hold a dog owner accountable for your injuries if you did not provoke the dog and you were either in a public place or on private property lawfully at the time of the attack. These rules only apply to dog bites; if you suffered an injury due to different dog behavior, standard negligence rules will apply.

In addition, Washington operates under a strict liability system when it comes to dog bites. Unlike other states, Washington law states that an owner could be liable for a dog attack even if the dog has no prior history of aggression or bites, or if the owner had no reason to believe that the dog would attack anyone.

This rule differs from other states, which operate under a one bite rule — this rule states that an owner should be aware of the risk that the dog poses to people due to a past history of aggression or previous attacks.

How Do You File a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Bellingham?

To file a dog bite lawsuit in Bellingham, you will file the necessary paperwork with your local civil court. You have three years from the date of your injury to file your lawsuit or the court will refuse to hear your case, so it is important to begin the filing process as soon as possible. Your Colburn Law attorney can help, assisting you with the paperwork, deadlines, and communications with the court to file your claim on time and without necessary errors.

National Dog Bite Statistics

Dog bites are a widespread problem across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 36% of American households own at least one dog and 1 in 5 people who suffer from a dog bite require emergency medical attention. In addition, over 50% of dog bites happen at home with an animal familiar to us — and adults with more than 2 dogs are 5 times more likely to be a victim of a dog bite than adults who do not own a dog. Dog bites can expose us to a host of diseases, including rabies, MRSA, and tetanus.

Contact Colburn Law About Your Dog Bite Case

If you need an attorney who will take the time to understand your case and advocate aggressively on your behalf, look no further than Colburn Law. Our attorneys can guide you through each step of the claims process to help you recover the compensation you need. Contact Colburn Law today to schedule your free consultation at our Issaquah offices or another convenient location.