Portland Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
It’s no secret that the people of Portland love their pooches. Throughout the city and country, the number of dogs people are keeping as pets is outpacing the number of children couples are having. As of 2017, 60.2 million households owned 89.7 million dogs. While having a dog for a pet can provide many benefits, homeowners and renters insurance providers consider them a liability, and with good cause.
Approximately 4.5 million dog bites take place each year, and the majority of victims are children. Although dogs of any size can pose a threat, the most serious dog bites come from bigger, stronger dogs. The grand majority of bites do not result in significant harm; however, the small percentage that do often lead to severe long-term consequences. As the dog population continues to grow, so will the number of people who fall victim to severe dog bites.
Dog bites are often unpredictable and can lead to serious injuries. They can come from unfamiliar dogs or dogs you’ve known for a long time. In many cases, the dog’s owner doesn’t even know that the dog is prone to biting until you become its first victim. If this has happened to you, there are immediate steps you should take afterwards to secure your health and your right to compensation.
Immediate Steps after a Dog Bite in Portland
It seems you cannot travel anywhere within the Portland metro area without encountering a few dozen canines. The most important thing to do after being bitten is to seek medical attention. Dogs carry bacteria in their mouths that can be deadly to humans. You can develop a serious infection if the teeth pierce the skin. Additionally, dog bites can lead to:
- Nerve damage
- Excessive blood loss
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Deep skin damage
- Loss of fingers
Next, be sure to contact law enforcement to document the attack. Do your best to record what transpired. It’s a good idea to preserve any ripped clothing as evidence.
If you can photograph your injuries, the dog, the scene of the attack and identify the dog and its owner ou could significantly boost your chances of receiving fair compensation following the dog bite.
After addressing the most immediate concerns, be sure to speak with a Portland dog bite lawyer before talking to your insurance company. Although your policy may state that it covers dog bites, the best chance you will have to obtain the financial compensation you need to pay off unexpected medical bills is to get an attorney on your side.
How Can Rizk Law Help My Dog Bite Case?
The Portland personal injury lawyers at Rizk Law have handled dozens of dog bite cases since the firm’s opening. An attorney is a valuable asset to any personal injury case. A dog bite lawyer in Portland who is a member of the Rizk Law team will ensure your injury claim is flawless before presenting it to your insurer. He will also conduct a full investigation of your dog bite accident and collect all evidence to fight for the compensation you deserve.
It is difficult to handle the negotiation and documentation that accompanies a personal injury claim while you are recovering from a painful dog bite. Any of our attorneys has gone through the process enough times so that you can confidently take the load off your back. We will do all that is necessary to recover compensation on your behalf for:
- Medical expenses
- Costs of ongoing therapy or rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
We look forward to discussing your dog bite case. Call (503) 245-5677 for a free consultation with a Portland dog bite lawyer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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