Seattle Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bites are frightening, dangerous and can cause traumatic injury – often to the most vulnerable victims. More than two-thirds of dog bite incidents involve children, who may suffer serious and long-lasting physical and emotional effects from these vicious encounters. To protect your interests and mitigate the potenial long term effects you must contact an experienced dog bite lawyer.
If you or your child has suffered serious injury from a dog bite in King County, Pierce County or in Snohomish County or anywhere in Washington State, and you need legal representation or advice, immediately contact Kenneth Selander, Jr. toll-free at 1-800-734-0404 or submit an online contact form.
Why do more dog bites happen among children?
- Children may not understand the danger or aggressive nature of certain animals.
- Children often do not recognize the warning signs of a dog attack.
- Children unfamiliar with pets may not know how to safely approach a dog.
Washington Dog Bite Law
Under Washington state law, dog owners may be held responsible for their dogs’ attacks if:
- The dog owner is aware of the dog’s history of violence or violent tendencies.
- The dog owner could have taken action to prevent injuries and failed to do so.
- The dog inflicts any injury at all – regardless of previous behavior.
The latter point is important, because many states that have a one-bite law do not hold owners responsible for first-time attacks. Washington does – so even if this is the first-time the dog has exhibited aggressive behavior, the owner can still be held liable.
Dog bite lawyer Kenneth Selander, Jr. of Selander O'Brien PLLC has represented families of many young dog bite victims, including a five-year-old who was bitten by a neighbor’s German shepherd while riding his bicycle. We were able to obtain damages to pay for his medical expenses, including stitches and other hospital charges. When a toddler was attacked by a pit bull and the insurance company would not cooperate, her mother turned to our firm for help.
"When my two-year old daughter was mauled by a pit bull, the insurance company wouldn't even talk to me," the mother stated. "Ken Selander was able to settle the case for a very impressive amount. My daughter is now set for a bright future. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Ken's services."
If your child is attacked by a dog in Seattle or anywhere within the state of Washington, you should seek immediate medical attention and report the incident to Animal Control. Contacting an experienced dog bite lawyer is also important because dog bites can often cause disfigurement, facial scarring and other conditions requiring expensive reconstructive surgery. Your family should not be financially responsible for injuries caused by someone else’s pet.
With more than 20 years of experience in all kinds of injury claims, Kenneth Selander, Jr. has built his reputation aggressively and ethically fighting for the legal rights of victims and their families. In fact, Washington Law & Politics Magazine has named Kenneth Selander, Jr. a SuperLawyer. That award is conferred on only the top 5% of attorneys in Washington State.
When you contact the law firm of Selander O'Brien PLLC, you ensure that your case receives the full commitment of a skilled legal team. We handle each case on an individual level, and we treat you and your family with the respect and compassion you deserve. We also do not charge attorney fees unless we recover damages for your case.
Here is what one mother said about our services on behalf of her son: "It is a major decision for a mother to choose an attorney to represent her child. Ken fought hard so my son would receive the generous settlement he deserved. Ken is brilliant, honest and professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone, as no other attorney can begin to compare..."
If you or your child has suffered serious injury from a dog bite in Seattle or the surrounding communities, contact Kenneth Selander, Jr. today. Call toll-free at 1-800-734-0404 or submit an online contact form.