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.