Portland Dog Bite Lawyer
Were you bitten or attacked by a dog?
Were you, or your child attacked or bitten by a vicious dog? If so, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, and half of these victims are children. Further, one in five dog bite cases results in serious injuries that require medical attention.
At Herron Law, LLC, we represent dog bite victims throughout the Greater Portland Area. With more than 16 years of legal experience and
free case evaluations, you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm for legal advice.
Why Herron Law, LLC should be your first call:
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Oregon's Dog Bite Laws
Oregon follows the "one-bite" rule for dog bites. Under this theory, a dog owner is liable for the injuries caused by their dog if he or she knew or had reason to believe the dog was likely to hurt someone. While the logic seems straightforward, it is a bit of a misnomer.
Whether an owner raises a dog since he or she brought the puppy home from the pet store, or if the owner picked the dog up from a local shelter, usually the dog will have shown some indication that it was dangerous. For example, frequent growling or nipping is a reason to believe that a dog could bite.
If a dog owner knows that their dog poses any risk to adults or children, then they should prevent the foreseeable injuries, and they must be prepared to pay for it.
Factors considered by the court:
- Has the dog bitten before?
- Does the dog bark at strangers?
- Does the dog usually growl and snap at people?
- Was the dog trained for dog fighting?
- Have neighbors complained about the dog?
- What is the dog's breed?
- How serious were the injuries?
- Where did the attack take place?
If a dispute does end up in court, the results will depend on the facts of the case, the dog's breed, and any history of animal abuse or neglect. Large dog breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers have a history of biting as opposed to friendlier breeds like Labradors and golden retrievers.
Sadly, any breed of dog can be neglected or abused to the point that they are aggressive and dangerous. Dogs who are starved, chained for hours, raised for dog fighting, or severely neglected are conditioned by their owners to attack.
When such dogs are met by strangers, they can cause serious, if not life-threatening injuries to their victims, and their owners should be held accountable for any injuries caused.
Holding Negligent Dog Owners Accountable
If you were bitten by someone else's dog, contact Herron Law, LLC at once to arrange a free case evaluation with our Portland personal injury attorney. We understand that a dog bite can cause thousands in monetary losses, if not much more. We know Oregon's dog bite laws inside and out, and how to go about pursuing a claim for compensation.
Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation!