What to Do If You Are Bitten or Injured by a Dog

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While nearly everyone who has ever owned a dog views their furry friends as “man’s best friend,” those who have been bitten or attacked by a dog likely feel the opposite. Getting bitten by a dog can be both physically and emotionally traumatizing. While thousands of people are bitten and seriously injured by dogs every year in America, many of them never report the incident. However, if you or someone in your family was recently bitten or injured by another’s dog or other domestic animal, contact our firm. It’s important to understand your rights in the state of Oregon.

Dog Bites in Oregon

According to 19News, Oregon has the third-highest number of reported dog bites in the country, falling in just behind California and Illinois. Unfortunately, sometime prevailing in such claims can be difficult if the dog does not have a history of prior bites or aggressive behavior. In Oregon, some refer to it as the first free bite rule. That is why reporting every bite or attack by a dog to the authorities is important. The record needs to be developed.

Seeking Damages for a Dog Bite

If the owner of the dog has insurance, the insurance company should pay the damages. However, it’s possible that the insurance company may try to claim that you are partly responsible for being bitten, in which case you must have an experienced attorney working by your side.
If the owner does not have insurance, you may have to file a claim against them personally. Only an attorney will be able to accurately evaluate the grounds for your claim, determine which laws apply to your situation, and effectively present the evidence before a judge.

Contact an Attorney

Being bitten or attacked by a dog can be an intensely traumatic experience and may result in serious injury and expensive medical bills. If you or someone you love was bitten and injured by another person’s dog, you should talk to an attorney at once to learn your rights and options. Contact Shlesinger & deVilleneuve today.

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