Everett Dog Bite Lawyers

Have you or a member of your family been bitten by a dog? If so, you are not alone. While most of us don’t view dogs as particularly dangerous or vicious (after all, they are one of the most popular pets in America), 4.5 million people in the United States, each year, suffer from dog bites. Sometimes, the injuries sustained are serious, and medical attention for even minor bites can be costly. Additionally, the emotional impact of being bitten can be considerable and often traumatizing.

For dog bite victims, the advice and counsel of a dog bite attorney can be incredibly valuable. He or she can guide you through the legal process as you pursue justice.  Washington RCW 16.08.040 governs dog bite incidents in the state.

Under specific circumstances, Washington dog owners are responsible for their dogs’ behaviors. When their dogs bite, they can be held liable for damages. 

At Strong Law, our Everett dog bite attorneys are well-versed in personal injury law. We are experienced in handling cases like this and can help you maximize your settlement. Reach out to us today at 206-741-1053 to schedule a consultation.

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Why Choose Strong Law?

Our Dog Bite Lawyers Have the Experience You Need

When you have been bitten by a dog, the assistance of an Everett dog bite lawyer is so important. The costs associated with incidents like this can be considerable, and the impact of a dog bite, in some cases, can be life altering. You need help from a firm that not only understands Washington dog bite laws and is familiar with the local court system, but one that has an approach to service that matches your needs.

The Everett dog bite lawyers at Strong Law check all these boxes.  Their experience is specific and extensive. They are well-known for their commitment to helping those who have been injured, and they have a proven reputation for success.

The personal injury lawyers at Strong Law have won 98% of our cases.

When you engage our team, you will reap the benefits of our:

  • Extensive legal experience: Jed Strong, our founder, offers a unique perspective on personal injury cases. He consistently leverages  experience serving as in-house counsel for GEICO. He knows how insurance companies operate when dealing with accident victims, and he uses this knowledge on behalf of his clients.
  • Attentive Approach: We appreciate that each of our clients has a unique case. Our attorneys take their time, investigate every issue, and are always available to answer questions and address concerns. In short, our clients’ satisfaction is important to us; we work tirelessly to ensure we meet their needs.
  • Goal Oriented Mindset: Our personal injury attorneys’ ultimate goals are to maximize your compensation.  If we do not believe the settlement offered by the dog owners’ insurance company is appropriate, we will not hesitate to take your case to court. We are aggressive litigators with a reputation for winning. We are proud of the settlements we have achieved on behalf of our clients.

Dog bites are painful; victims suffer physically and emotionally. At Strong Law, our team of dog bite lawyers in Everett, WA, is ready to go to work for you.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we would approach your specific case.

How Our Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help With Your Case

We Manage the Legal Process So You Don’t Have To

If you have been bitten by a dog (or are caring for a family member who has), you have your hands full.  Dealing with the stress of the incident along with the physical effects likely requires all of your attention.

Depending upon the circumstances surrounding the event, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury dog bite lawsuit. But the legal process can be complicated and time consuming; on your own you simply don’t have the necessary time or knowledge to successfully move forward. This is where we can help! Our Everett dog bite lawyers will:

  • Investigate your claim:  In dog bite cases, gathering evidence is critical. You see, dog owners are responsible for their pets’ behavior, but not all dog bites occur when the dog and owner are together. We can research ownership as well as interview witnesses and review critical documents like medical records and police reports.
  • Manage the paperwork: Dog bite cases involve a great deal of paperwork. Our team will complete all forms on your behalf and ensure they are filed correctly and in a timely fashion.
  • Oversee all communications: Communicating in a dog bite case can be tricky.  Dog owners are protective of their pups. And when insurance companies get involved, they may pressure you to accept a settlement immediately. We encourage all of our dog bite clients to refer all contacts to us; simply share our name or telephone number or take their contact information. Do not converse with anyone regarding your case. You don’t want to accidentally say something that could negatively impact your settlement.
  • Determining damages: Knowing how much to request in damages requires understanding the totality of your losses. Dog bites result in both physical and emotional damage, both of which need to be quantified. Our dog bite lawyers are experienced in the process and have access to a team of experts should we need to substantiate any of your claims. Dog bites are impactful — you should not be responsible for the costs that result from them.

Our team understands how devastating a dog bite can be, and they know how to handle dog bite cases in Everett, WA. When you work with us, we handle everything, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Dog Bite Victims Have Serious Concerns

We Understand Your Worries

If you have been bitten by a dog, your injuries may be severe. Some of the most common  include lacerations, punctures and fractures. More serious issues, like  scarring and nerve damage, can affect your future. Even minor bites can become infected and result in serious illness. Finally, the trauma of being bitten by a dog cannot be overlooked. Many dog bite victims have suffered from PTSD, depression and anxiety.

All of these injuries have an effect on your life. The medical treatment for even minor bites can be costly, while the expenses for more serious injuries can jeopardize your family’s financial future. Additionally, time away from work while recovering may decrease your income, causing you to struggle to make ends meet.

Damages Available in Dog Bite Lawsuits

Because dog owners in Washington are responsible for their pets’ behavior they can be held liable, through a personal injury suit, when dog bite accidents occur.

Personal injury law in Washington allows for victims to collect both economic and noneconomic damages – both which may have been incurred in a dog bite attack.

  • Economic Damages: Recognized as quantifiable, these damages include medical bills (emergency treatment, physicians’ visits, hospitalization, medication, etc.), lost wages (for time spent recovering from the bite), and decrease in earnings capacity (should the dog bite prevent you from returning to your job in your previous capacity). Our Everett dog bite lawyers can help calculate these costs, including those projected to continue into the future. You should not have to pay expenses out of pocket for injuries caused by a dog bite.
  • Non-Economic Damages: These are harder to quantify, but are no less real. Let’s face it, being bitten by a dog is harrowing, and the impact it has on your life can be considerable. Emotional distress and pain and suffering (from your physical wounds) are legitimate damages. Additionally, if the bite results in scarring, disfigurement or a disability, additional compensation may be awarded.

Our team can help identify, prove and quantify these damages for you. Our goal is to maximize your settlement; we want to make sure we account for all aspects of your life that have been impacted by this devastating experience.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bite Cases

Our Everett Dog Bite Attorneys Respond to Your Concerns

While each dog bite case is unique, the one thing most victims have in common is that they have a host of questions. Shaken from the experience, concerns are normal. Our team has shared some of the most frequently asked questions regarding dog bite cases and our answers to them.

  • Is there a time limit on filing a dog bite case in Washington?

    Yes, there is. Dog bites fall under the umbrella of personal injury cases. In Washington, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case is three years, in most instances. Your dog bite accident attorney can confirm whether your case falls within this time constraint.

  • What should I do if the dog’s owner calls me after the bite?

    We suggest to all of our clients that they refer the dog owner to our dog bite injury lawyers. Additionally, we also counsel them regarding communication, asking them to send all those who are asking questions about their case (including the insurance company) directly to us.

  • I was bitten by a dog, but am not sure who owns it. What should I do?

    Immediately contact animal control. If you were able to get a photo of the dog, share it with them. Otherwise, provide them with a description of the animal. And contact an Everett dog bite attorney. Our team can help investigate on your behalf.

  • Does Washington have a “one-bite rule” in place?

    No, the state does not. When an individual is bitten while on public property, or legally present on private property (and does not instigate a confrontation with the dog), the dog’s owner is responsible.

  • Who actually pays damages in a dog bite lawsuit?

    In general, the dog owners’ homeowners or rental insurance company would pay the damages, so you would not be suing the owners themselves. Because many individuals are bitten by dogs owned by family or friends, they are hesitant about filing suit. Knowing the insurance company is ultimately responsible makes people feel better when pursuing justice.

  • Do situations exist where dog owners would not be liable for dog bites?

    Yes, they do. If an individual is trespassing on another’s property and is bitten by their dog, the owner would not be responsible. Additionally, if the dog was provoked in any way (teasing, poking, etc.) the owner would not be held liable for its actions.

Hopefully we have addressed some of your most pressing concerns. That said, it is likely that you have additional questions. Reach out to our dog bite lawyers in Everett, WA, today at 206-741-1053 to schedule a free consultation. Upon learning more about your specific situation, we will be able to provide more detailed answers to your questions.

Strong Law Everett Dog Bite Lawyers

We Help You Maximize Your Dog Bite Injury Award

Whether you know the dog or not, being bitten is an awful experience. Bites are painful and can result in serious injuries and illness, costly medical care and very real emotional distress.

If you or your loved one was bitten by a dog on public property or private property (where you were lawfully allowed to be) and you suffered injuries, and your injuries resulted in losses, you may be entitled to damages. The Everett dog bite attorneys at Strong Law can help you recover these through a personal injury lawsuit.

Our team is well-versed in both dog bite law and personal injury law in Washington; we know how the process works and are experienced in handling cases like this.  

Based on the cases we have handled, we are well aware of the stress that being bitten can cause. We work hard to help you manage it by assuming all responsibility for your dog bite case. When you work with us, you can rest assured that we will manage the process from beginning to end while keeping you informed of the status of your case and our progress.

Additionally, we are always available to you. We appreciate the complexity of the process; your questions and concerns deserve to be addressed in an empathetic and timely manner. Do not ever hesitate to call us — we welcome your questions.

Finally, while we strive to settle all dog bite cases in the negotiation phase, with the dog owner’s insurance company, we will never settle for less than we believe you are entitled to receive. We will counsel you on how long you have to accept their offer and, if necessary, we will take your case to court and litigate aggressively, striving to maximize your settlement.

Bottom line, victims of dog bites should not be financially responsible for their losses.

Attorney Jed Strong

Attorney Jed StrongJed Strong is the founder of Strong Law. He knows that accident injuries can be devastating to individuals and families, so he does everything in his power to ensure his clients recover every bit of compensation they deserve. Prior to representing accident victims, Jed worked for GEICO insurance company as one of its in-house attorneys – representing the insurance companies. After learning the inner workings of insurance companies, he quit and began representing accident victims. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    “I hired Strong Law after my car accident. Jed and his team worked hard on my case. They were professional and compassionate through my surgery and as I recovered, and they were awesome on communication. I got justice and awesome compensation. I would recommend Strong Law to anyone in my situation.

    – Rick R.

    “I want to thank Jed and Tory of Strong Law for their outstanding help with my case. The attention to details and keeping me informed at all times made for a positive outcome. Thank you again for your help, determination, and hard work. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone in need of an excellent lawyer.

    – Jaretta O.

    “Unbelievable work! I had a claim involving my own insurance company. I tried to negotiate with them, and they completely denied my claim – two times. I then hired Strong Law, and the change was instant. The insurance company immediately began negotiating, and Jed was able to secure an unbelievably good settlement. I will never again attempt to take-on an insurance company without Strong Law in my corner. Thank you!

    – Jonathon S.

    “Absolutely outstanding! I was involved in a motorcycle accident and Jed led the way! Definitely top notch! When it matters, call strong law!

    – Edwin S.

    “While working a wrongful death case of my husband’s, throughout the legal process, Jed pursued every possible resource and angle to ensure that we would receive policy limits despite intense resistance from the representatives of the insurance companies. We are deeply grateful to him for the funds we received and the lasting friendship that grew out of the entire ordeal.

    – Cheryl.

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    Time is of the essence. Collecting evidence is easier when we can begin work as close as possible to the time of the incident.  Additionally, we want to have the appropriate amount of time to build your case and file within the statute of limitations.

    We know the problems in which dog bites result and will do our best to help you overcome them. Reach out to our team today at 206-741-1053 to schedule your free consultation. Once we have more information regarding what happened to you, we can share how we could best help you.