Dog Bite Lawyers in Hillsboro
Dogs are often kept as pets and service animals that provide a beneficial contribution to many households in the U.S. Hillsboro, Oregon’s fifth-largest city, is home to two popular off-leash dog parks: Hondo Dog Park and Cornell Creek Dog Park. When a dog attacks a person, however, it can cause significant damage that may result in serious injury or death. If you or someone you love has been attacked or bitten by an aggressive dog, you should strongly consider contacting a dog bite lawyer in Hillsboro as soon as possible. An attorney will help you determine if have the right to hold the dog’s owner liable for your injuries and recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Rizk Law’s Hillsboro dog bite lawyers understand the devastating physical and mental damages many dog attack victims suffer. We know that many dog attacks are preventable, and often result from the dog’s owner’s negligence. Our seasoned personal injury lawyers in Hillsboro have seen firsthand the effects of a dog attack. We know how to build an effective case against negligent dog owners and will use our skills and experience to help you pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
To find out if you have a case against the owner of a dog that bit you or someone you love, contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will carefully review the circumstances behind the attack, including the owner’s failure to take action to prevent his or her dog from harming others. Our attorneys will represent you on a contingency fee basis, and not charge you upfront legal fees for our services. You only have to pay us if we recover compensation for you.
Call 503.245.5677 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
How Do I Know if I Have a Dog Bite Injury Case?
One of the first things our Hillsboro dog bite lawyers look for when reviewing a claim is whether the dog’s owner can be held liable for the attack. Oregon follows the standard of strict liability in dog bite cases, which means the owner can be held strictly liable for economic damages from a dog attack if he or she know the dog was dangerous. Economic damages include things like medical bills, property damage and the cost of hiring help for domestic services, according to ORS § 609.115.
Under ORS § 609.035(6), a potentially dangerous dog is one that without provocation:
- Menaces a person without provocation and while he or she is not on a private property that the dog’s owner or keeper can lawfully exclude others from entering
- Inflicts physical injury on a person that is less severe than a serious physical injury
- Inflicts physical injury on or kills a domestic animal while not on premises that the dog’s owner or keeper can lawfully exclude others
In addition to Oregon’s state laws about potentially dangerous dogs, our attorneys will also determine if the dog’s owner violated Washington County’s Animal Services Code, which has rules on what owners must do if their dogs are dangerous. The code also includes whether the dog that attacked you was free from its owner restraint and considered to be “at large” or unattended in a public area.
According to Hillsboro Municipal Code 6.20.010, dangerous dogs are not allowed in the city unless confined to an animal enclosure and any violations of this code will be subject to civil penalties.
Likewise, we will also consider whether the dog was displaying dangerous behavior, as defined in WCC 6.04.310. This includes if the dog is found to menace, chase, display threatening or aggressive behavior or otherwise threaten or endanger the safety of any person, or while confined bites any person.
To find out if you have a case, call 503.245.5677.
Common Injuries Resulting from Dog Bites
Every year, Washington County Animal Control receives nearly 1,000 complaints about barking dogs and dogs showing aggressive behavior. When a dog attacks a person, it is often a brutal and traumatic event that results in severe injuries. Some injuries that may result from a dog bite or attack include:
- Punctured skin
- Broken bones
- Torn or pulled ligaments or tendons
- Sprains, strains and soft tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Head injuries
- Perforated organs
- Neck injuries
Often, dog bite victims suffer long-term or permanent physical and mental damage after being attacked by a dog. This can include physical scarring and disfigurement in the area where the victim was bit or attacked. Likewise, the victim may also suffer from emotional distress or psychiatric disorders like post-traumatic stress that makes it difficult for him or her to fully recover from the experience.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by an aggressive dog and suffered serious injury, do not hesitate to seek medical care from Tuality Community Hospital and other medical institutions in Hillsboro or Washington County.
Once you have received medical treatment for your injuries, contact Rizk Law’s dog bite lawyers in Hillsboro. We will thoroughly review your claim to help you determine a fair amount of compensation that may cover the damages you suffered due to your injuries.
Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form if you were bitten by a dog.
Compensation for a Dog Bite Lawsuit
Due to the severity of a dog bite, many victims are required to undergo extensive medical treatment to recover from the attack. This may result in the victim or his or her loved ones suffering additional financial losses due to factors like missing work and out-of-pocket expenses.
However, dog bite victims and their loved ones may be entitled to several types of damages to help compensate them for their injuries and losses. During your free consultation, our Hillsboro dog bite lawyers will help you determine if you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Past and future medical treatment
- Lost wages and income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Corrective or cosmetic surgery
- Medical assistive equipment
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of companionship
When you contact our Hillsboro dog bite attorneys, we will carefully review every aspect of the incident to provide a clear understanding of the compensation you may be entitled to pursue. Additionally, we will help you understand whether there may be factors that affect the value of your claim or lawsuit.
Oregon’s Contributory Negligence Law
In Oregon, the standard of contributory negligence is used to determine the value of a victim’s personal injury claim or lawsuit. Under contributory negligence, the actions of each party involved in an incident are reviewed to determine their level of fault in causing the injury. Each party will be assigned a percentage that represents their degree of negligence during the incident. The value of your claim or lawsuit will be reduced by the percentage you are assigned.
For example, a dog bite victim may be pursuing a personal injury claim for $10,000 from the dog’s owner. However, it may be found that the victim is 30 percent at fault for causing the dog to bite him or her. In this situation, the victim’s claim will be reduced by 30 percent, resulting in a new value of $7,000.
According to ORS § 31.600, you may still recover compensation for the damages you suffered due to you injury as long as your degree of fault is not greater than the combined fault of all parties involved in the incident. In other words, if you are not more than 50 percent at fault, you can still recover compensation.
To learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to recover after being bitten or attacked by an aggressive dog, contact Rizk Law to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
Call 503.245.5677 today to speak with an attorney.
What to Do After a Dog Attack
Being bitten or attacked by an aggressive dog can be a traumatizing event. Many people experience fear or shock after a dog attack. However, it is important that you act quickly after being attacked by a dog to ensure your safety. This includes:
- Seeking medical attention immediately
- Cleaning your wounds to prevent an infection
- Identifying the breed of the dog that attacked you
- Reporting the dog that bit you to Washington County Animal Control
- Identifying witnesses who saw the dog bite you
- Collecting the dog’s owner’s contact information
- Documenting the wound with pictures and keeping an injury journal describing your pain and suffering
Once you have taken steps to ensure your health and safety, you should consider contacting a dog bite lawyer in Hillsboro to discuss pursuing compensation from the dog’s owner. He or she will understand if the dog’s owner is at fault and can be held liable for the damages you have suffered.
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Contact Our Hillsboro Dog Bite Lawyers for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been attacked or bitten by an aggressive dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Rizk Law is dedicated to defending the rights of injury victims, and our dog bite injury attorneys in Hillsboro will help you pursue the maximum compensation you may be entitled to receive.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will carefully review your claim to help you understand your legal options to recover compensation after being bitten by an aggressive dog. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, and we do not charge clients upfront legal fees. You will only have to pay us for representing you if we recover compensation for you.
Call 503.245.5677 to discuss your dog bite injury with an attorney.