The Seattle Fire Department came to the aid of a man at 3507 S. Morgan Street after he was bitten by a dog in the arm. The Fire Department was initially hindered in their ability to provide aid to the man when two vicious dogs surrounded their ladder truck. (Seattle Police Blotter http://tinyurl.com/lyu3kv6)
A 911 call reported four dogs on the loose prior to the attack. According to the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS) Humane Animal Law Enforcement Officers, there were two pit bulls, one mixed-breed and one Pomeranian running loose.
In reading the Seattle Police Blotter, it appears that the dogs were very aggressive. Officers used pepper spray and a fire extinguisher on the dogs to deter them and one dog was eventually shot to death.
The injured man was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of dog bite injuries. According to The Seattle Times, the injured man was hospitalized after the acck.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite injuries can leave the injured with serious injuries and emotional trauma. Victims of dog attacks often require multiple surgeries and victims are often left with scarring and permanent nerve damage.
Washington Revised Code 16.08.040 — Dog Bites
Washington state has a dog bite law that provides that the owner of any dog(s) that bites another person, whether it be on the owner’s property or in a public place, can be held liable for the damages suffered by the person who was bitten regardless of whether the dog was previously vicious or known to be vicious.
In Seattle, law enforcement becomes involved in more than 300 dog bites or dog attacks every year. A little more than 20% of those attacks involve pit bull dogs or pit bull mixes even though pit bulls are less than 5% of the dogs owned by Americans.
Obtaining Compensation for your Dog Bite Injury
Washington state law provides that dog bite victims can seek damages for their injuries. Damages should pay for medical bills, lost wages for time off work, compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement, emotional stress and any other costs.
It is common to file a claim against the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy but it is recommended that before signing anything, that the dog bite victim or their representative seek the counsel of a dog bite lawyer to insure that their rights are protected and that the compensation offered is fair and just.