Dog Bite Lawyers in Gresham
Many of us think of dogs as very friendly or even members of the family. This has caused some people to either forget or not think about the fact that sometimes dogs can bite or attack and cause serious injury. If the victim is elderly or a child, the injuries are more likely to be catastrophic. The sad truth is that a lot of these attacks are the fault of the owner, who was negligent in restraining the dog to prevent it from injuring others. When these kinds of injuries happen, the victims may not know about all their rights under state law and the compensation they may be entitled.
Our Gresham dog bite lawyers understand what dog bite victims go through and want to help. Under state law, you may have the right to take legal action against the dog's owner and we can manage the entire case on your behalf. We will explain what you can do to help us along the way. There will be no legal fees unless you receive compensation, and you are under no obligation to take legal action when you meet with us a free legal consultation. We take cases involving dog attacks that happened in Gresham and the surrounding areas in Multnomah County. Our firm has a track record of recovering favorable compensation for personal injury victims.
Schedule your free legal consultation right now or call us at 503.245.5677.
Dog Bite Injuries That Often Occur
Dogs can often be friendly, but when they attack they can seriously injure you. Victims may suffer a wide range of injuries that require medical treatment, including:
- Puncture wounds from teeth
- Fractures, particularly in the arms and legs
- Excessive scarring
- Crush injuries
- Disfigurement, particularly to the face and head
- Damage to the nerves
- Sprained ligaments and tendons
- Damage to the organs
- Neck injuries
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Physical injuries from a dog bite are one thing but there can also be emotional injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, which occurs when you relive the events of the attack or feel anxiety in situations that remind you of the attack.
If you are permanently disfigured from the attack you could also have psychological issues, such as depression or anxiety in social situations.
Treating these injuries could be very expensive. You will not only need treatment right after the attack to deal with bleeding, broken bones, possible infections, and sprains and other soft tissue injuries, you will also need ongoing care. For example, you may need follow-up appointments with doctors who specialize in the areas of the body where your injuries occurred, as opposed to doctors who you see in the emergency room or your primary care doctor.
You may also need blood tests, x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, surgical procedures, physical therapy, rehabilitation, medical equipment to help with mobility and possibly other treatments.
You may also need to meet with a therapist for counseling to deal with the emotional effects of going through such a traumatic experience.
Our Gresham dog bite lawyers understand what victims of dog attacks go through. We are prepared to represent you as you pursue compensation for the effects of your injuries. Compensation is the law's way of attempting to put you back into the position you were in before you were a victim of negligence.
Proving Negligence for a Dog Bite Injury
You cannot recover compensation unless you can prove the attack was a result of negligence. However, negligence in dog bite cases is a little bit different than in other personal injury cases.
Oregon law (Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 609.115) says that dog owners are strictly liable for economic damages from an attack if they knew their dog was dangerous. This means you simply need to prove the owner had a dangerous dog and knew it to be able to recover economic compensation (medical expenses, property damages, etc.).
According to ORS 609.035, a dangerous dog is one that does any of the following:
- Without being provoked, menaces someone, provided the dog is not on the premises from which the owner can lawfully exclude others
- Without being provoked, causes a person injury that is less severe than a serious physical injury
- Injures or kills a domestic animal without being provoked while off the property where the owner can lawfully exclude people
Under the law, menacing is defined as any behavior that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety:
- Similar behaviors
It is important to note that trespassers will likely not be able to hold the dog owner liable for injuries suffered from a bite or an attack. You also cannot recover compensation if you provoked the dog into attacking, such as by teasing, throwing things at the animal or doing something else to anger the dog or cause it to come after you.
These laws may seem straight-forward, but it can be difficult to prove the owner was negligent, particularly without the help of a qualified Gresham personal injury attorney experienced in these cases.
Call our Gresham dog bite lawyers right now at 503.245.5677.
Deadline for Filing a Dog Bite Lawsuit
As with other personal injury claims, dog bite claims are governed by Oregon's personal injury statute of limitations. You can think of this law as a deadline for filing a lawsuit. Once the deadline passes, you lose your right to pursue compensation through a lawsuit.
Oregon's statute of limitations is just two years from the date of the injury. Once the injury occurs, the clock starts ticking away. Two years may seem like a long time, but you know that time can go by very quickly, particularly when you consider all the time you will spend meeting with doctors, receiving treatment and dealing with the rest of your life.
You should know that it can take a long time to build a strong case about a dog bite injury. That is why it is best to contact our Gresham dog bite attorneys as soon as possible to review your legal options. This will give us the most amount of time to build a case and get things filed before the statute of limitations passes us by.
For more information on filing a claim, contact our attorneys today for a free legal consultation.
Contact a Gresham Dog Bite Lawyer Right Away
Your dog bite injuries could be severe and affect you for a lot longer than you think. You may need and deserve compensation for the damages you have suffered, from pain and suffering to medical expenses and lost wages.
Unfortunately, the legal process can be very complicated, difficult to understand and time-consuming. This is particularly true for those who are dealing with a serious injury and are in a financial crisis because they cannot work and have less income coming in.
The Gresham dog bite lawyers at Rizk Law understand this and can handle your legal action on your behalf. This allows you to focus on your health and recovery. Your consultation is completely free of charge, and if you move forward with your case, you will not be charged unless you receive compensation.