Even the most dedicated dog lover knows that dogs can bite, and those bites can be extraordinarily dangerous, even deadly. Even previously docile dogs can bite under certain circumstances. Dog bite injuries can range from scarring to infection causing wrongful death. Long-term treatment, including surgery, can often result. Dogs and toddlers are a particularly volatile combination.
Oregon Dog Bite Law
Oregon law on dog bites is complicated and overlapping. Many different sources of law, 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.
Of course, the owner is also charged with knowledge of the tendencies of the particular breed of dog, even if that owner takes steps to properly train the dog.
If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite, seek immediate medical attention, report the dog to the property authorities and contact an experienced Portland dog bite attorney.
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