Whether people are in public places or their front yards, they have the right to be safe from unprovoked dog attacks. In the event of a dog attack, you may be wondering who is responsible for injuries sustained by the injured person.
Read on for a greater understanding regarding dog owners’ obligations under state law:
- Personal Injury From Dog Bites: If someone is attacked and injured by a dog they did not provoke, the dog’s owner is liable for civil damages to compensate the victim for their personal injuries. This liability lawfully applies whether the injured person is in a public or private place. State law also imposes liability on an individual harboring or keeping a dog when it attacks.
- Wrongful Death: When the victim of a dog attack dies, the owner can face a wrongful death action, as well as criminal felony charges. Responsibility for damages does not depend on whether the dog’s owner knows the dog is vicious.
- Personal Injury Damages From Dog Bites: Damages for personal injuries from dog bites include medical expenses, lost wages and income, reduced quality of life, loss of companionship and services, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. Wrongful death claims also include funeral expenses, loss of future earnings, and the value of the deceased person’s life.
The attorneys at Paine Kilpatrick Coleman & Mahoney PC have over a century of combined experience and a reputation for providing extremely effective representation to accident victims throughout the Tacoma, WA, area. Call (253) 472-3323 to discuss your personal injury case today.