A dog bite or attack can inflict serious physical injuries on a Washington victim. Immediately after the attack, a victim should seek medical attention to make sure their health is not threatened and they are not at risk of contracting a serious illness. Once a victim has taken the appropriate precautions regarding their health and welfare, they may start the process of understanding their options for seeking justice.
A dog bite could fall under premises liability law, which would impose liability on the party that allowed the dog to have the opportunity to attack the victim. In many cases, dog bites are caused by the negligence of dog owners who fail to restrain their pets or who do not have adequate control over them to prevent them from causing injuries to innocent parties.
A person's options for recovering damages may be curtailed if the person contributed to the dog bite in some way. If a person trespassed onto another's land without permission and encountered a dog, they may be prevented from recovering their damages. Victims who provoke animals to attack can also be precluded from seeking recovery of their damages.
Getting help from a personal injury attorney after a dog attack can help a victim protect their rights and options for the recovery of their damages. Attorneys throughout Washington are prepared to fight for their clients' legal options and the damages they need to fully recover from their ordeals. If you have questions regarding an animal attack, contact an attorney to discuss your case.