Washington state has a wrongful death lawsuit which allows the family of a person who died because of the wrongful or negligent act of another to recover damages.
According to an article in The Seattle Times, Bock and Haskins were at Chain Lake Mini-Storage in Monroe last February when Haskins’ dog, Buddy, bit Bock on the finger, a bite that drew blood.
The following day, Bock went to the hospital with leg pain and physicians found a blood clot and that they diagnosed a condition called Capnocytophaga canimorsus. This is a common bacteria in the gingival flora of both dogs and cats. The bacterium can be transferred to people in the case of an animal bite. The usual course of treatment is antibiotics. However, in Bock’s case, he died 10 days after the bite after multiple organ failure and tissue necrosis, a painful death.
In the civil suit, Bock’s family claims that Buddy had a history of biting people and that he had been wandering around the Mini-Storage unleashed. Washington States Dog Bite Law which allows supports dog bite victims and their families by finding dog owners whose animals bite negligent under the law. The dog bite law, 16.08.040, states:
The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
Haskins has insurance on both his home and his small business but the insurance companies have balked at paying the full amounts of the polices.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 30 years experience in representing families with their wrongful death claims in Western Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
See our Dog Bite Resources.