Linda Astorga has been awarded $75K by a Thurston County jury for injuries she sustained when her neighbor’s dog bit her reports The Olympian.
Astorga filed a dog bite lawsuit seeking $25,000 in economic damages and $50,000 in other damages after her neighbor’s dogs, which were running loose, attacked her and bit her in the calf on the driveway of her Tenino home.
Astorga’s attorney said that she suffered permanent scarring after being bitten and that she is coping with ongoing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after she was chased and attacked by the neighbor’s dog.
The dog bite lawsuit went to trial and the jury voted in favor of Astorga by a vote of 10-2.
Washington Dog Bite Law
If you are bitten by the dog then the dog’s owner is strictly liable for your injuries and you do not have to prove negligence, you only have to prove that your were bitten by the dog and were injured.
Dog bite injuries are on the rise because so many people take too few precautions in securing their dogs or training them. In Astorga’s case, the dogs were running loose when they attacked her.
Children are often the victims in dog bite cases and the rate of injury is highest for children between the ages of 5 to 9.
Some dogs are inherently dangerous such a pit bulls because they were bred to be fighting dogs and they have powerful jaws that can do substantial damage.
Dog Bite Victims Rights
Dog bite victims are entitled to damages including past and future medical bills, cosmetic surgery, lost wages and for general damages including pain and suffering.
The Farber Law Group works with dog handling experts who can testify about the danger of any particular dog.
If you are concerned about the safety of a dog in your neighborhood, you can talk to your postal carrier who might have experience and knowledge of the dogs in the neighborhood. You can also talk to children and other adults about their experience of a dog.
The Farber Law Group has been representing dog bite victims for more than 30 years. We recently represented a person who suffered injuries when attacked by a dog in downtown Bellevue park.
We represent dog bite victims on a contingent-fee basis. That means if we represent you and do not recover compensation, then you do not have to pay any legal fees.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Contact us at 1-800-244-9087 or use the contact form on our website.