Lake Oswego Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Living in a small town like Lake Oswego means being able to take walks and enjoy the peaceful neighborhoods and lush greenery. While we are not far from the hustle and bustle of the big City, it is a slower pace of life in our little community, and that suits the residents here just fine.
While living in a small town can be very comforting and create a sense of safety, it is always good to be aware of your surroundings when you are out walking. While things like crossing the street and cracks in the sidewalks pose obvious dangers, it is important to be aware of dogs when you are out walking as well – especially if you are out with your children.
Many families have dogs, and the canine is a trusted member of the family. Dogs are thought to be protectors and can quickly grow to be fully integrated into the family dynamics. This can give people a false sense of safety when it comes to being around these animals and, that is when disaster can strike.
There are many circumstances that can cause a dog to lash out:
- It feels threatened
- It feels its owner is being threatened or is in danger
- It is sick or injured
- It is old and cranky
- It is hungry or is in the middle of eating
- It is scared and trying to protect itself
While many families live with dogs, it is important to remember that they are animals and, regardless of the breed, all dogs are capable of biting and causing injuries. Unfortunately, this scenario has increased in frequency by one-third in the last decade. What’s more alarming is the highest incident of dog bite injuries occur in children age five to nine.
Because this size and stature of the children in this age group is small and close to the ground, the injuries sustained are typically to the head, face, and neck, and in some cases result in permanent disfigurement to the child.
The statues in Oregon that address dog bite cases can be somewhat confusing, so it is important that you contact an attorney who has knowledge and experience dealing with these types of cases.
At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, our team has handled personal injury cases for more than 40 years, and we have expert knowledge about the intricacies of Oregon’s complex “one-bite” law. We will adeptly guide your case through the process and fight hard for your best interests. The trauma and expense of a dog bite can be life-changing, and we will help to secure the financial and non-financial award you need to put your life back together.
Contact our Lake Oswego area office today so that we can schedule your complimentary in-person consultation. We will spend some time with you in our office, getting to know you and your story so that we can begin fighting for you!