Seattle is no different from the rest of the United States in that many people are dog lovers. Dogs are simply a part of our culture, and people are used to seeing them everywhere. Millions of dogs live in households across the United States, and thousands call Seattle home. Unfortunately, this can create the potential for incidents that lead to serious injuries.
Dog bites are a growing problem in Seattle, as more and more people attempt to integrate their dogs into their daily routines and increase the number of contacts with unfamiliar people. When a dog is stressed or even naturally predisposed to aggression, people can get hurt and damages can be incurred.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite, you need to take action. Contact the dog bite lawyers at the Nelson Injury Law today to schedule a free initial consultation in order to gain an understanding of your legal rights and options. In the meantime, below is a brief overview of the issues of dog bites in King County.
The “Specific Breed” Myth
Everyone has heard horror stories about how certain breeds of dogs are more likely to cause harm to a person than others. In particular, breeds that include the Rottweiler, the Pit Bull, the Doberman have all been singled out by activist groups and even some homeowner’s insurance companies as high-risk in nature.
While statistics will show that these breeds have been involved in a higher number of incidents than other breeds, liability and risk is not limited to those mentioned above. The fact is that even the smallest, seemingly most docile dogs can cause serious damage to any person if it ever attacks. Dogs have strong jaws and sharp teeth, and anyone can be vulnerable to a dog bite, especially if that person is not expecting such a situation.
Another common belief with the issue of dog bites is that they only tend to occur at the dog’s home, with the belief behind that myth being that the dog is protecting its territory. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Dog bites occur everywhere, and in reality, people are not as likely to file a claim for a dog bite if it occurs where the dog lives. However, even if a dog bite occurred in a friend or family member’s home, you may still have a personal injury claim. Call or email for a free consultation to determine if you have a dog attack case.
Parks, streets, sidewalks, beaches and just about anywhere else could be a place where a dog bite or dog attack could occur. While no one should cower in fear as soon as he or she encounters a dog, as this could actually increase the dog’s stress level and raise the possibility of an attack, everyone needs to at least be aware of the fact that any dog can be a problem.
Your Next Step
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog bite or dog attack, you need to act not only to protect your rights but to make sure that the offending dog does not victimize another person. Contact the dog bite lawyers at Nelson Injury Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.