Coos Bay Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Some of us think that particular breeds of dogs are naturally vicious and those are the only ones you need to be concerned about. While it is certainly probable that some dog breeds are more prone to attacks, any dog breed can attack or bite at any time. However, there’s practically no breed that is born vicious – unless they’re trained to be. When a dog bites or attacks a complete stranger, it’s more frequently because of negligence or carelessness on the part of the dog’s owner. Dogs tend to be protective and territorial, especially of the family they are part of. The most typical explanations given to why a dog might attack or bite are:
- Fear for its safety
- Perceived risk, protecting its owner or property
- Protective of its food
- Feels cornered and has no choice
Regrettably, around 800,000 individuals are bitten each year by dogs in the United States. Of these – 86,000 receive a bite severe enough to need medical attention. Sadly, occurrences of dog bites are most frequent with children who are in the five to nine year old range, and the injuries are frequently on the face, head, and neck areas. A dog bite can lead to long-lasting scars and disfigurement. In fact, in 2013 more than 26,000 people required reconstructive surgery due to a dog bite. If you or someone that you know has been bitten by a dog, it’s especially important that you call us right away. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we know the particulars of Oregon’s statutes which govern dog bites and have been effective in securing settlement or judgment for 95% of our injured clients. Our seasoned and proficient lawyers understand how tricky Oregon’s one-bite law can be, and we know how to recuperate both economic and non-economic damages for the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your injury.