Dog Bite Injury Attorney in Portland
Living in Portland means there are plenty of trails to go hiking with friends and family. Packing a lunch and hitting the trails with the kids is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
Some people really enjoy hiking the trails above our beautiful City with their family dog. Unfortunately, any time that humans and dogs are in close proximity to each other – in this case, passing one another on a trail – there is a chance of disaster. In fact, throughout the Country there are a reported 800,000 dog bites every year with more than 40% of the injuries sustained from those bites are severe enough to warrant a trip to urgent care for treatment.
There are some people who believe that only select breeds of dogs are prone to bite, but this is far from the truth – any dog is capable of biting a human. The unfortunate truth is, those bitten by dogs most often are younger than nine years of age. Because children in this age group are small, the injuries are usually to their face, neck and head. Any time you are out with your family hiking, relaxing at the river, playing at the park, or just taking a walk around your neighborhood – if you see a dog with or without his owner – take heed and play it safe.
According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association, some of the reasons that a dog might lash out include:
- The dog is scared or stressed. It may have been startled by your presence or your child ran up to it to pet it and frightened it.
- The dog is sick or not feeling well and is cranky
- The dog is trying to play but, is being too rough
- The dog is trying to protect its owner
- The dog is hungry or is eating
A dog bite is not something that most people think could happen to them or someone they love – but, it does happen. And, our highly-skilled attorneys are exceedingly familiar with Oregon’s “one bite” law. It is a law that can be problematic for anyone who has suffered a dog bite, but we know the ins and outs of this law and, we will work hard to ensure you receive remuneration for your medical bills, pain, and suffering. In fact, we recover personal injury settlements for nearly 96% of our clients.
If you or someone that you love has been bitten by a dog, make sure you call our office right away. We will get you scheduled for a complimentary consultation where we can go over the circumstances leading up to the dog bite, and any events that have happened since.
When you work with Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, you have a superior team of legal professionals on your team fighting for you all the way. In fact, we are so determined to see you receive a settlement for your injuries that we won’t charge you anything unless we win.