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Were You the Victim of a Dog Bite in Washington?

Posted by attorney Daniel Hess

Did you know that 38 people were killed last year after being attacked by a dog? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an estimated 380,000 people per year in the U.S. who have to visit the emergency room after being bitten or attacked by a dog. Approximately 800,000 people have to seek medical attention and 4.7 million people are bitten. Although most dog bite incidents do not result in serious complications, even once is too often when it comes to the safety of family and friends.

Studies show that there are some dog breeds which are more dangerous than others. Of the 38 victims who were killed last year, 23 were killed by pit bulls, 3 were killed by Rottweilers, 2 by mixed breeds, 2 by German shepherds, and 9 from 9 different breeds. Approximately half of these victims were children, and 79% of these children were under the age of 2.

In the State of Washington, there are strict rules in regards to dog bite liability. According to the Revised Code of Washington Section 16.08.040, if a victim was attacked by a dog while in a public place, the owner will be held liable for the injuries. Also, if the victim was lawfully on private property while the attack occurred, the owner could be held liable. Even if the animal had never displayed any signs of aggression, it is still the responsibility of the owner.

If you were injured during a dog attack, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the team at Hess Law Office, PLLC. Attorney Daniel Hess and his team are dedicated to securing victims of dog bites the maximum amount of compensation for what they have been through. Call today to learn more!

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