Dog attacks are a terrifying experience, often leading to serious and debilitating injuries. Being bitten by a dog is excruciatingly painful. Dog bites are prone to infection and tend to leave permanent scars. Dog bites can even be fatal. For dog bite survivors, long-term treatment, including surgery, is often necessary.
If a dog attacked you or a loved one, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer to protect your rights. At Sarah Nelson, P.C., we help dog bite victims get maximum recovery with minimum hassle. Sarah spent nearly a decade working for a large insurance company before changing sides to defend injury victims. She knows what it takes to get insurance companies to deal with claims fairly. Her experience and drive make our firm the right choice to help you with your dog bite case.
Dog Bites And Children
Even the most dedicated dog lover knows that dogs can bite. Even previously docile dogs can bite under certain circumstances. Responsible dog owners monitor and control their pets to prevent these incidents. Dogs and toddlers are a particularly volatile combination. Young children are not able to recognize the warning signs before a dog attacks. Their shorter stature also means that children are more likely to suffer facial injuries and scarring in a dog attack. Dog owners are expected to understand that children and dogs are a potentially dangerous combination. A dog owner who does not live up to his or her obligation to prevent an attack is behaving negligently.
Oregon Dog Bite Law
Oregon law on dog bites is complicated and overlapping. Many sources of law, including state laws and local regulations and ordinances, may govern a case. In general, if the dog owner knew or should have known that the dog had a propensity to bite, the owner can be found liable.
This does not mean that the personal injury plaintiff must show that the dog had previously bitten someone. What it means is that, under the circumstances, if the owner should have known there was a risk that the dog might snap, the owner will be found liable. Evidence of a propensity to bite might be as seemingly innocuous as growling, snapping or rough play. Finding that evidence takes experience and an understanding of negligence and liability claims involving dog attacks.
Dangerous Dog Breeds
Dog owners are charged with knowledge of the tendencies of their particular breed of dog. Even if owners take steps to properly train their dogs, they can still be found liable when their animals attack. Oregon state law does not go as far as to declare any breeds dangerous, but there are laws at the city or county level that list specific breeds.
If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite, seek immediate medical attention, report the dog to the proper authorities and contact an experienced Portland dog bite attorney. Contact Sarah Nelson, P.C., to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your Oregon dog bite injuries. Call us at 503-928-8053 or contact us online to start talking with an Oregon dog bite injuries lawyer today.