Emerald City Legal Services
Client Comment: ""Sean represented me when I was viciously bitten by a neighbor's dog. Sean was amazing! Not only did he handle my case well, but he taught me how to talk to my doctor and physical therapist, both to make sure I got good medical care, but also so my damages were clear in my medical records. Hiring Sean was the best decision I made." -I.K.
Dog bites can cause serious infections, including rabies, so see a doctor, especially if the bite is deep, you can't stop the bleeding, or there are any signs of infection. To care for a dog bite injury at home:
The Dr. will ask these questions:
The Dr. will check if the bite was deep enough to damage muscles, tendons, nerves, or bones. They will clean the wound to remove dirt and bacteria. Stitches may be used to reduce scarring. Deep wounds that cause a lot of damage may require plastic surgery.
Every year, there are about 4.7 million dog bite attacks,
800,000 serious injuries, and between 20-30 fatalities from
maulings (dogs are literally more dangerous than sharks!).
Getting bitten by a dog is a horrible injury. In addition to the
trauma, because of the danger of infection from the bacteria in a
dog's mouth, even a small bite will often lead to intense pain as
the Doctor's in the ER will irrigate the bite to flush out the wound.
Washington has good law for dog bites; here, the owner of the dog is 'strictly liable' for the injuries their dog causes. This means that unless the owner can prove that the victim 'provoked' the dog, they are automatically responsible.
In 2007, while walking my dog, I was bitten by a neighbor's dog.
It was a big lab that came out of his property, running up the hill,
barking and snarling, toward me, my family, and our dog. I stepped
in front of my wife and kept blocking it from getting toward us.
When I reached for his collar, he clamped down on my left forearm,
released, and ran. It was a relatively small bite, requiring just a few
stitches, but the bruising was incredible. I had no idea of the bite
power of a big dog. I had to go to physical therapy to break up
scar tissue for weeks, it affected my job as a lawyer, and it
hurt for months. I was surprised at how painful it was, and how
long the treatment continued. I have a small scar on my arm now.
I still love dogs, but even my small attack taught me respect for how
much damage a dog can inflict. If you were hurt by a dog attack,
call me to discuss your case..
RCW 16.08.040- Dog bites — Liability: The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.