Dog Bite Injury Attorney in Medford
Some breeds of dogs have a bad reputation for being born “vicious,” but, there is no evidence to prove this. In fact, all breeds of dog are capable of attacking or attempting to bite at any time, but, there is virtually no breed that is naturally vicious – unless they are trained that way, or have been abused, and/or neglected. When an animal bites or attacks a stranger, it is more often due to carelessness or negligence on the part of the owner. Dogs are territorial and protective, particularly of their family. The more common scenarios that might cause a dog to attack or bite include:
- The dog is fearful for its own safety
- The dog mistakenly perceives danger and is protecting its owner
- The dog is eating and protective of its food
- The dog feels threatened and cornered and has no alternative
Unfortunately, approximately 800,000 people are bitten by dogs every year. Of those – 86,000 are bitten severely enough to require treatment in an emergency room at a hospital. Unfortunately, dog bite injuries are most prevalent for young children, with the wounds most being inflicted around the neck, face, and head areas. This vulnerable age group is often not aware that a dog might attack and will bend down to greet the animal. Being bitten by a dog can mean living with permanent and sometimes disfiguring scars. In fact, last year over 25,000 people required reconstructive surgery to repair injuries sustained from a dog attack. Being attacked or bitten by a dog makes it especially important to secure legal representation, the statutes in Oregon that rule dog bite incidents are complex and can be overwhelming. The legal team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve has successfully obtained recovery for over 95% of our personal injury clients. Our dedicated attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of Oregon’s “One-bite law,” we have the skills to negotiate a settlement for compensation that covers not only your medical bills, but also any non-economic damages you and/or your family have sustained.