As a “dog bite lawyer” we hear all types of scenarios when it comes to injury claims from a dog. These claims aren’t always easy to navigate, and no claim is exactly the same. Dog bites and knockdowns are a lot more common than people think; both pet owners and the general public alike should know how to handle a dog bite or knockdown incident before it happens.
No one wants to have to deal with a dog bite incident, but we believe it is best to be informed about your options in case you ever have to deal with a dog bite injury claim. Today we bring you the top 3 most commonly asked questions that we get pertaining to dog bite claims in our series on Ask Jackson Jones.
Under Oregon law, if you get knocked down and are injured it is likely that you have a personal injury claim. The owner of the dog is responsible for the actions of the dog and if you did nothing to cause the accident, then you likely have a claim. In this case you should seek immediate treatment and contact a dog bite lawyer, specifically, a personal injury attorney. For more information on steps to take in a dog bite or knockdown situation visit our dog bite claims page
Despite the fact that you are at a dog park, where dogs are allowed to be off leash, dogs still have to be controlled by their owners. The owners have a responsibility to keep others safe from their dog’s actions. In the case where you were bit at a dog park, you still have a dog bite claim.
You have two claims in this situation. The first is a Workers’ Compensation claim. You should seek treatment immediately, open up a Workers’ Compensation claim, and the “Work Comp” insurer will pay for your medical treatment. The second claim is a third-party claim against the landowner or dog owner for their failure to control the dog. They didn’t mean for it to happen, but it is a negligent act and it’s actionable under Oregon law.
It’s important to know that the Work Comp insurer will send you a letter asking you to elect how to pursue that third party claim. It is also important to discuss with a dog bite lawyer how to fill out the election letter.
Dogs and pets are the responsibility of the owner and when the owner doesn’t keep their pets behaving in an inappropriate manner it can lead to an injury. Dog bites and knockdowns are a lot more common than one might think. According to the CDC, in 1994 approximately 4.7 million dog bites occurred in the United States and 800,000 of those required medical care. That means every year 1 in 70 people in the United States is bitten by a dog.
According to American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Insurance Information Institute, and State Farm claim data in 2019 the United States had 17,866 dog bite claims totaling $802 million in total claim value. The state of Oregon accounted for 185 of those dog bite claims in 2019. Dog bite claims can be complicated, and insurance companies can be misleading with the information that they provide. That is why we always advise individuals to seek the advice of a professional personal injury lawyer in a dog bite incident.