Dog bites and attacks are common and can cause serious and permanent injuries and disfigurements.
Washington State law hold dog owners liable for dog bites or attacks by their dogs. The dog’s owner is responsible for any injuries or damages that the dog inflicts when it has not been provoked. This is true even if the owner does not know of the dog’s vicious propensities and even if the dog has never bitten before.
The one bite rule requires the victim of a dog bite to prove the keeper or harborer of the dog knew about the dog’s “vicious or dangerous propensities.” In other words, the dog has bitten someone before, so the keeper, or harborer of the dog knows it bites. This law’s importance in Washington is that it extends liability to persons other than the dog owner himself. This law is not necessary to prove against a dog owner, because Washington has a dog bite statute which makes the owner liable even if the owner does not know of the dog’s vicious propensities and even if the dog has never bitten before.
What should I do if I bitten by a dog? Before anything else, seek any necessary medical treatment for the dog bite. You should also report the incident to the local animal control agency.
Documents you may need for a claim:
Copies of your medical records
Copy of your written report to the animal control agency
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