Getting bitten by a neighbor’s dog, or a dog with a clear owner is scary enough. But getting bitten by a stray dog can be both more frightening and more legally complex. In this blog post, we will discuss what to do if you are attacked by a seemly stray/unattended dog and what your legal rights are after such an encounter.
Stray dogs are literally a different kind of beast than a trained dog with an owner. Here are our best tips for what to do about an aggressive stray dog, before and after an attack.
It’s a misconception that no one is legally responsible for a stray dog attack. Even if the dog doesn’t have an owner, you could have a premises liability case depending on where you were attacked. The property owner where you were attacked has a legal responsibility to keep you reasonably safe, and if they didn’t you may deserve compensation.
You should also consider that just because a dog does not have tags and does not have an owner in the vicinity doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a stray–it may have escaped from its yard or owner and is roaming. This is why it is important to keep track of the dog in the wake of the attack if necessary–the owner may be located, or the dog may have a chip to track its ownership.
A dog bite can be devastating, both in terms of medical bills and in terms of pain, suffering, and trauma. After a serious dog bite or animal attack, it is vital to know your rights. If you or your child has been the victim of a violent dog attack, a Seattle dog bite attorney can help you review your case, understand Washington State dog bite law, and, if applicable, help you recover fair compensation. To learn more about your case and how much it may be worth, contact The Ye Law Firm today. We offer free, complimentary legal reviews.