Strict Liability in Dog Bite Claims
Strict liability in dog bite claims is an important aspect in litigation for personal injury lawsuits in Washington. This law places the legal responsibility on the dog owner, regardless of whether to dog was considered dangerous before the attack occurred.
Strict Liability in Dog Bite Claims | Definition
Strict liability imposes legal responsibility on the dog owner regardless of whether the dog was considered dangerous before the bite occurred. In other states, the dog bite victim has to show that the dog was vicious to win their legal claim. However, Washington’s law is much more favorable to dog bite victims and does not have this requirement. A dog owner can be liable even when the dog has never bitten anyone before, and the dog’s owner has no reason to believe that the dog will bite someone.
Roughly half of all states follow strict liability rules for dog bite injuries. The other states often use what is referred to as the “one bite rule,” which essentially means that the dog can bite one person before the owner knows that it is dangerous.
Strict Liability in Dog Bite Claims | Wild Animals
When a dog owner knows that their dog is vicious or dangerous, it is a crime to allow it to run at large in Washington. If a vicious dog is not restrained and bites someone, the dog’s caretaker or owner may be liable for that as well. The liability in that case only extends to whoever was supposed to restrain the dog, which may or may not be the dog’s owner. Washington does not have a separate law for those who own wild animals. Instead, the same basic rules that apply to vicious dogs also apply to wild animals.
Strict Liability in Dog Bite Claims | Hire an Attorney
Certa Law can help you with your Edmonds dog bite claim. Get the process started today by setting up an appointment with our experienced Edmonds dog bite lawyers. We will evaluate your case and help you determine what your next steps should be. Contact Certa Law today to arrange your free confidential consultation, and let our experience work for you.