Eugene Dog Bite Injury Attorney
The saying is true: dogs are a man’s best friend, but not if you happen to be a stranger! Every year, approximately 800,000 people in this country are bitten by dogs. Of those people who are injured by dogs, 386,000 are bitten severely enough to require treatment in an emergency room at a hospital. While some people believe that certain breeds are inherently “vicious,” this is false. Virtually any breed of dog may attack or attempt to bite at anytime. Sadly, dog bite injuries are highest for children in the 5 – 9 year age group, and the wounds are often around the head, face, and neck area. A dog bite can result in permanent, disfiguring scars. In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten. The most common reasons a dog may bite or attack are:
- The dog is fearful for it’s own safety
- The dog mistakenly perceives danger and is protecting it’s owner
- The dog is protecting it’s owner’s territory
- The dog is eating and protective of it’s food
- The dog feels threatened and cornered and has no alternative
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, it is particularly important to retain the services of a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney, because the Oregon statutes that govern dog bites can be confusing. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we are successful in obtaining compensation for more than 95% of our injured clients! Our experienced and skilled attorneys understand the problematic nature of Oregon’s “One-bite law,” and we know how to recover both economic and non-economic damages for your hospital bills, trauma, pain and suffering. When you call Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we are committed to getting back to you the same day to schedule a complimentary consultation, so we can speak with you directly about your case. In addition, we work with our personal injury clients on a contingency basis, meaning that we are only paid if – and when – you are taken care of! At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, our client’s welfare comes first – we accept no fee for helping you unless we win for you!