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What if the Injured Person Provoked and Attack by the Dog, am I Liable for the Injuries?

What if the Injured Person Provoked and Attack by the Dog, am I Liable for the Injuries?

What if the Injured Person Provoked and Attack by the Dog, am I Liable for the Injuries? In Washington, the owner of a dog who causes injury to another is typically strictly liable for all injuries and damages.  However; under Washington law if the injured person provoked an attack by the dog, then you have a complete defense against any action for damages.

I Was Bit by A Dog and Did Not Provoke the Dog, What Can I Do?

If you have been injured by a dog that you did not provoke then the owner of the dog is liable for the injuries and damages you incur.

If you have been bit by a dog then you should:

  • Report the incident to your local animal control or police department.
  • Seek the necessary medical attention for your injuries.
  • Contact Parke Gordon Law Firm to discuss your personal injury case for free at 509-582-7274.

The Washington law providing for provocation of a dog as a defense is as follows:

RCW 16.08.060: Provocation as a defense.

Proof of provocation of the attack by the injured person shall be a complete defense to an action for damages.

If you have been injured by a dog that you did not provoke then you need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side.  The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm have represented

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If you or your child has been injured by an unprovoked dog, contact the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Tri-Cities to settle your case. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will work hard to get you the most compensation. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm believe that every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call today for a free consultation. You pay nothing until your case is settled. Call (509) 582-7274.

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Dog Owners Are Liable for Injuries

Dog Owners Are Liable for Injuries

Dog Owners Are Liable for InjuriesDog owners are liable for injuries or damages the dog causes.  This can be for dog bite injuries that occur in a public place or for injuries that occur to someone lawfully on your private property. Under Washington law, when a person enters your private property who has express or implied consent to be on the property can hold you responsible for damages they sustain because of your dog injuring them.  This express or implied consent will not be presumed when your property is fenced or there are posted signs providing warning of there being a dog or no trespassing signs.

To help prevent injuries to others, you should make sure your dog is within your control.  This could be having your dog in well-kept fenced yard, inside your home, on a leash, etc. Additionally, it is always a good idea to have signs to warn others that there is a dog on the premises, even if Spot has never harmed a soul.

The Washington law regarding when entrance upon private property is lawful is as follows:

RCW 16.08.050: Entrance on private property, when lawful.

A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner within the meaning of RCW 16.08.040 when such person is upon the property of the owner with the express or implied consent of the owner: PROVIDED, that said consent shall not be presumed when the property of the owner is fenced or reasonably posted.

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What Happens if Your Dog Bites a Person?

What Happens if Your Dog Bites a Person?

What Happens if Your Dog Bites a Person?If your dog bites a person in a public location or if they bite someone who is lawfully on private property, including your own property, then you will be liable for the damage and injuries.  Under Washington law, it does not matter if you knew of the dog’s propensity to bite another.   This law is in place to help protect others from suffering injuries from other dogs.

When in public you should keep your dog on a leash and within your control to help ensure that your dog does not bite another. Additionally, if you are inviting others to your home, you should forewarn those individuals that you have a dog or put your dog in an area of your home the dog is not able to escape from to protect your guests.

The Washington law regarding your liability if your dog bites someone else is as follows:

RCW 16.08.040: Dog bites—Liability.

(1) 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.

(2) This section does not apply to the lawful application of a police dog, as defined in RCW 4.24.410.

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Marauding Dog

Marauding Dog

Marauding DogsUnder Washington law, if you are notified that your dog is a marauding dog and has killed a domestic animal, then you are required under State law to put your dog down within 48-hours after you have receiving notification that your dog killed the domestic animal.  Failure to comply could result in you being found guilty of a misdemeanor.

Additionally, under state law, a dog without a metal identification tag found running at large could be put down by the sheriff or deputy sheriff.  There may be additional local ordinances you are required to follow as a dog owner, you can contact your local animal control department for more information.

Furthermore, you should ensure you have identification tags on your dog, that way if they do get loose they can be returned home to you.

The Washington State law regarding marauding dogs is as follows:

RCW 16.08.030: Marauding dog—Duty of owner to kill.

It shall be the duty of any person owning or keeping any dog or dogs which shall be found killing any domestic animal to kill such dog or dogs within forty-eight hours after being notified of that fact, and any person failing or neglecting to comply with the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and it shall be the duty of the sheriff or any deputy sheriff to kill any dog found running at large (after the first day of August of any year and before the first day of March in the following year) without a metal identification tag.

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What Happens If My Dog Injures Livestock?

What Happens If My Dog Injures Livestock?

What Happens If My Dog Injures Livestock? If you own a dog that has caused injury to any livestock or animal owned by another, then you can be found liable for the damages they sustain.  Additionally, if your dog is found to be chasing, biting, injuring or killing any live stock or other domestic animals, then your dog could be lawfully killed, be required to be confined to your home, or confined to be kept on a leash.

The laws for your liability if your dog injures livestock and what could happen to your dog are as follows:

RCW 16.08.010: Liability for injury to stock by dogs.

The owner or keeper of any dog shall be liable to the owner of any animal killed or injured by such dog for the amount of damages sustained and costs of collection, to be recovered in a civil action.

RCW 16.08.020: Dogs injuring stock may be killed.

It shall be lawful for any person who shall see any dog or dogs chasing, biting, injuring or killing any sheep, swine or other domestic animal, including poultry, belonging to such person, on any real property owned or leased by, or under the control of, such person, or on any public highway, to kill such dog or dogs, and it shall be the duty of the owner or keeper of any dog or dogs so found chasing, biting or injuring any domestic animal, including poultry, upon being notified of that fact by the owner of such domestic animals or poultry, to thereafter keep such dog or dogs in leash or confined upon the premises of the owner or keeper thereof, and in case any such owner or keeper of a dog or dogs shall fail or neglect to comply with the provisions of this section, it shall be lawful for the owner of such domestic animals or poultry to kill such dog or dogs found running at large.

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