Noble McIntyre on August 18, 2011
A Washington woman who was injured when a pitbull entered her home and attacked her two Jack Russell Terriers has been awarded $2.2 million in a dog bite lawsuit. The woman was bitten when she tried to force the attacking dog off of her dogs. A jury found the owners of the pitbull 52% responsible for the animal attack and Pierce County 42% at fault for not responding to more than a dozen complaints by residents who believed the dog was a threat to the public safety. The woman was found 1% liable for her own injuries.
Typically, dog bite lawsuits are filed against the dog owner’ insurance policy for failure to take reasonable steps to control or contain the animal, particulary if they are more prone to attack. However, many dog owners to not have insurance that will cover dog bites. In those instances, local munincipalities and apartment complexes have been found liable for animal attacks when they failed to protect residents from a known vicious animal. In the Washington case, both the owner and the munincipality were found liable, which is very rare.
McIntyre Law has assembled a dog bite infographic which lists data on the most dangerous dog breeds, dog bite laws throughout the states, and dog bite insurance claims.
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Dog bite incidents are a very serious problem since approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur annually. Out of these incidents, 20% of dog bite victims require medical attention. In the years 2005-2009, 149 dog attacks were fatal. Children should be especially cautious, since more than 50% of fatal attacks occur to children. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prevent dog bites.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, please contact an experienced Oklahoma dog bite attorney for a free consultation. The attorneys at McIntyre Law will give you the advice to prevent the insurance companies from getting off easy.