For many dog owners, their dog is part of the family and also provides security to the home and family members. But what if your dog bites a trespasser? Are you still liable? Depending on the dog bite laws in your state, you could be liable for all injuries, medical bills and other losses stemming from a dog bite even if the person was trespassing on your property. As a dog owner, it is important to know and understand the dog bite laws in your state and how you can protect yourself in case your dog bites someone.
“Strict Liability” for Dog Bites in Washington
Washington law has what is called “strict liability” for dog bites. This means that the owner of any dog that bites someone in public or lawfully on private property is generally liable for the injuries caused by the dog bite. A dog owner may be liable the first time his or her dog bites, even if the owner did not know and had no reason to know the dog might bite someone. This contrasts some states that have a “one-bite” rule, which requires a dog owner to know or have reason to know that the dog is dangerous before he or she can be held liable for damages. Serious injuries and illnesses can develop from dog bites. Washington’s strict liability for dog bites helps ensure victims of dog bites are compensated for their injuries by holding the owner liable for the injuries.
More Washington Dog Bite Laws
Parke Gordon Law Firm has listed all other dog bite laws for the state of Idaho on our company website. Click here to see a list of all dog bite laws in Washington state.
Dog Bite Injury Attorney
If you or your child has suffered a dog bite injury, contact the law office of Harvard law grad Mat Parke to receive a fair compensation. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. We will fight for every penny you are owed. Contact Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane today to discuss your dog bite case with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney during a free consultation. Call (509) 482-7274 now to get started. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.
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