Albany Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Most of us are aware of the special relationship that exists between humans and their four legged companions. We love and treat our dogs as part of the family. It is often difficult to think of these beloved pets as a danger to others. But, sadly, they often are. Individuals frequently think that particular breeds are naturally more vicious than others, but this is hardly the case and can leave you with a false sense of security. In fact, every breed of dog can attack or try and bite at any time. When such an attack occurs, often, it is generally because of handler or owner neglect or misuse. Regrettably, more than 800,000 individuals each year are bitten by dogs; 86,000 of those are bitten seriously enough to need medical treatment from the hospital emergency room. Unfortunately, injuries from dog bites are greatest for children who are in the 5 to 9 year old age range, and the injuries they sustain are typically around their head, face, and neck. A dog bite can lead to lasting disfigurement. In fact, over 27,000 men and women required reconstructive surgery in 2012 due to dog bites. Typical reasons that a dog might attack or bite:
- The dog doesn’t feel safe
- The dog thinks there is a threat and is protecting his/her owner
- The dog is defending his/her territory
- The dog is in the middle of eating and feels defensive of his/her food
- The dog thinks there is a threat and feels cornered without another way out
At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we’ve been representing Oregon attack victims for more than four decades, and have been effective in getting compensation for over 95% of all of our personal injury clients! In Oregon, it’s especially essential to retain the skills of a knowledgeable attorney if you or a family member have been attacked or bitten by a dog, because of the fact that the Oregon statutes that control dog bites can be complicated. All of our seasoned and proficient lawyers know the challenging nature of Oregon’s one-bite law, and can work to recuperate both financial and non-financial damages for your medical expenses, stress, pain, trauma and suffering.