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Everett Dog Bite Attorney
A dog attack can be a traumatizing experience. On top of the risk of infection and serious injuries, you may find yourself dealing with chronic pain, debilitating fear, medical debt, and many other physical, emotional, and financial damages.
If you are the victim of a dog attack in Everett, contact an attorney at Colburn Law as soon as possible. Our Everett dog bite lawyer can help you secure the monetary damages you need to recover from your injuries, while also, holding the owner of the dog accountable for its actions.
Why Choose Our Everett Dog Bite Lawyers
- Our attorney has secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. At Colburn Law, our Everett dog bite lawyers do not settle for less—we will fight tirelessly to secure your optimal compensation.
- Colburn Law believes in transparency and honesty during each stage of your case. You will always have a direct line to your attorney when you need it.
- Since we operate on a contingency basis, our firm will not charge legal fees unless we win a settlement on your behalf.
The Dangers of a Dog Bite
While dogs are popular pets, they can be very dangerous. Dog bites can inflict severe pain, cause permanent scarring or disfigurement, and transmit bacteria that can cause infections like rabies. Many dog bite victims need reconstructive surgery, antibiotics, and expensive medical care to recover from their injuries.
Common injuries in dog bite claims include:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Facial disfigurement
- Nerve damage
- Psychological trauma
- Head and neck injuries
- Infections such as rabies, Pasteurella, and tetanus
Washington Is a Strict Liability State for Dog Bites
In many states, dog bite lawsuits follow the one bite rule, which essentially states that a dog’s first bite is free from liability. The owner would be liable for any subsequent attacks after this first bite, making it difficult for victims to seek just compensation. Washington does not follow the one bite rule; instead, the state holds dog owners to a strict liability standard.
Under strict liability, a dog owner is liable for any dog bite injuries his or her dog is responsible for. The victim must have a legal right to be in the location where the attack occurred; if the victim was trespassing or unlawfully on private property, the owner would not be liable for his or her damages. The owner does not have to be negligent or know that the dog was dangerous to be liable for the damages of the victim.
How Long Do You Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
In Washington, you have three years from the date of the dog attack to file a lawsuit against the animal’s owner. If you do not file by this deadline, the court will likely dismiss your case—preventing you from recovering the compensation you need. To avoid missing this deadline, contact a dog bite attorney as soon as possible following the attack to begin the filing process.
Contact Colburn Law Today
If you are the victim of an Everett dog attack, you are not alone. Hundreds of people suffer from injuries due to these animals each and every year. You can hold the owner of the dog liable for your damages—and Colburn Law can help.
Our Everett personal injury lawyers have significant experience representing injured Washington residents in their lawsuits against negligent owners. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your optimal path to compensation.