DOG BITES AND ATTACKS

In the U.S. approximately 1,000 people require emergency treatment for dog bites every day. About 9,500 people are hospitalized each year due to dog bites. Dogs often attack children, and often bite the face and mouth.

If you or a family member are the victim of an attack, contact dog bite lawyer Gary R. Johnson for a free consultation. We will help you with your claim and make sure you get a fair settlement.

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Gary Johnson represented my wife and me after a dog attack nearly killed our 8-year-old Australian Shepherd and severely injured my hand. Gary worked very hard on our case and kept us informed throughout the process. When we went to mediation, Gary was a strong negotiator; and we ultimately achieved a very fair settlement.”

– Bob Wilson, Google Review

Five Crucial Steps to Follow If You Are Injured by a Dog

 

1. Photograph the Dog and Your Injuries, Then Report the Bite

If you’ve been attacked by a dog, make sure to get visual evidence. If you’re able to, take photos of the dog, your surrounding area, as well as any injuries or damages the animal caused.

 

In Central Oregon, you can report dog bites to the Deschutes County Animal Control at 541-693-6911. Oregon law requires your health care provider to report dog bites to the local health department using this form.

 

It’s important to know that dog bites and attacks are not the only type of incidents for which you can get compensation for. There’s a possibility  you can get your medical bills covered – as well as compensation for pain and suffering – if a dog knocks you down and you are injured as a result.

 

If you've been bitten by a dog, contact dog bite lawyer Gary R. Johnson in Bend Oregon

 

2. Seek Medical Treatment Immediately

Dog bites often result in severe infections. Their teeth can puncture deep into your body, leaving dangerous germs and bacteria. An infection can cause dog bite septicemia, sepsis, or a blood infection. Sepsis can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.

 

In the U.S. 258,000 people die each year from sepsis. If you see a red streak spreading from the wound, go to a hospital emergency room or urgent care center immediately.

 

Dog bites can also cause the spread of rabies, which can be fatal. Ask the dog owner, possessor or handler if the dog as been immunized for rabies. Let your medical provider know if you cannot confirm the dog has been immunized for rabies. You may have to have a series of PEP (preventable serum) injections.

 

 

3. Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer

After receiving medical attention, it’s important you contact an experienced dog bite lawyer immediately. They can help to ensure you don’t say anything damaging to the insurance company. You should also find an attorney who has handled numerous dog bite and attack jury trials.

 

Your dog bite lawyer will help you get your medical bills paid by investigating the case, and preserving the evidence to prove that the dog owner was at fault.

 


What is the Oregon “One Bite Rule”? And what governs negligence for dog owners who leave their animals “at large”?

 

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4. Get Your Medical Bills Paid

Often the dog owner’s insurance company will have MedPay or Medical Premises insurance coverage. This will pay your medical bills, even if the insurance company disputes that the dog owner was negligent and therefore liable for your injury.

 

This is a no-fault insurance coverage, so it’s a good idea to ask the dog owner about it.

 

5. Get Money for Pain and Suffering

Oregon dog bite laws are complex.

 

Dog bite lawyer Gary R. Johnson is experienced at navigating Oregon laws to prove the dog owner was at fault for causing your injuries. He can help you get the compensation you deserve – not just for your injuries, but also for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced from a traumatic attack like that.

 


Remember – we don’t charge for talking with prospective clients. If you’ve been attacked by a dog and need help, contact us today for more information.