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What Does The New Seattle Dog Bite Ordinance Really Mean?

The New Dog Bite Ordinance

Seattle Bellevue Federal Way dog bite lawyersThe Seattle City Council passed a new dog bite ordinance which broadens the definition of a “dangerous animal”. Under the previous law, a “dangerous animal” was considered one which caused a “severe injury.”  A “severe injury” was defined as death, multiple broken bones, or multiple disfiguring lacerations.  These may have required multiple stitches or cosmetic surgery. The victims of the Madison Park attack did not suffer injuries severe enough to meet that threshold.

The City Council’s new Seattle dog bite ordinance broadened the definition of “severe injury.” The new definition requires only one broken bone, or one disfiguring wound which requires medical attention such as sutures or staples. The expanded definition also includes permanent nerve damage.

Insurance Issues With Seattle’s New Dog Bite Ordinance

However, the problem of insurance still persists in cases involving dog bites. As of now, the law only requires a dog owner to carry insurance for potential injuries if that dog has already been deemed a “dangerous dog,” by local law enforcement. However, the vast majority of dog bite claims in Seattle are happening by dogs that are not already “dangerous” under the current law.

In most cases, dog owners do not have insurance to pay for the victim’s medical bills or lost wages caused by the attack. Further, in many cases, dog bite victims accrue thousands of dollars worth of unpaid hospital and doctor bills.

Pursuing dog bite claims against dog owners who do not have liability insurance can be difficult. Any judgment or jury verdict obtained can be potentially worthless if the dog owner is incapable of paying or can file for bankruptcy protection.

The Rights of Dog Bite Victims

Seattle Bellevue Federal Way dog bite attorneysWhen owners properly train and care for their dogs, they make wonderful companions and loving additions to any family. However, not all dog owners look after their pets properly.

If a dog owner is neglectful or careless, their dog can become aggressive and attack people. Lawfully, it’s the owner’s responsibility to deal with the consequences of any dog bite.

Washington’s dog bite statute allows dog attack victims to seek full and fair compensation. Victims can receive compensation for negative health, financial, or other outcomes.

At Premier Law Group we want you to know about what to do after a dog attack and know when you should contact an experienced Seattle dog bite lawyer.

Contact a Dedicated Dog Bites Attorney

Some might applaud the City’s change to the dangerous dog ordinance. However, irresponsible dog owners should be financially responsible for the injuries their dogs inflict on innocent people.

An experienced dog bite attorney who understands local Seattle laws is best suited to represent victims of a serious dog bite or animal attack. dog bite lawyers in Bellevue Seattle and Federal WayAt Premier Law Group, we have the attorneys with the experience you need to help you.

We are frequently asked, when should I hire a Seattle dog park liability lawyer? There are a number of advantages to hiring someone right away. The right attorney will help protect your health, emotional well-being, and finances and even your dog right away. At Premier Law Group, our goal is for everyone who contacts us to end up more informed about their legal options – even if we do not end up representing them.

If you don’t need an attorney to settle your dog park accident claim, we’ll let you know. Contact Premier Law Group for your FREE dog park accident case review. Call 206.285.1743 today. And as always, there’s no legal fee unless we win your case.

Dog Bite Complications

dog bite complicationsDogs are “man’s best friend,” but those dogs aren’t always friendly to strangers.  85-90% of reported animal bites in the United States are from dogs.  According to CDC (Center for Disease Control) data, dog bite complications are the leading causes of nonfatal emergency department visits for the 5-9-year-old age group, in the United States in 2018, is unintentional dog bites. Dog bites rank at #9 with 31,552 cases for 2018 in this young population. This number only covers this specific age group, and there are countless more cases where an injury originated from a canine attack. Most often, these incidents affect innocent children, as they have little fear and hesitation. Potential obvious injuries include lacerations, avulsions, and bleeding stemming from the initial injury. Unfortunately, there may be complications that arise later that cause further trauma to the body.

Infection and dog bite complications can affect the skin, muscles, and bones. If an infection is extensive, it can reach the bloodstream and cause a condition called sepsis. If the infection is not detected in time and treated quickly, the victim may end up in the ICU as bacteria spreads throughout the body.

Signs of infection of a wound include:

  • Pain and tenderness at site: Any initial break in the skin will hurt, but further pain that increases 24 hours after injury may indicate infection.
  • Increased redness and warmth around site: It is important to notice the initial swelling and redness around a dog bite. If the redness and swelling begins to grow further away from the wound, a re-evaluation of the injury may be needed. The redness, from the infection, may grow in an even circle around the bite wound, or it may appear as red streaks away from the injury.
  • Drainage with a white, or puss-like, appearance is a noticeable sign that the wound is not healing properly. Infected wounds tend to have increased drainage and sometimes a foul odor.
  • As an infection worsens, the pain tends to increase. When the infection starts to affect the body as a system, an injured person may experience fever. The body may respond with a fast heart beat and low blood pressure (presenting in lightheadedness or fainting). Consult a doctor if these signs get worse. Intravenous fluids and antibiotics may be necessary for healing.

Expected Care

When presenting a dog bite complication to an emergency room or urgent care, any open wound, from a dog bite, should be swabbed and sent for a culture, to determine if a specific bacteria is involved that may cause an infection.  The wound should be thoroughly cleaned and covered, in an appropriate dressing, and kept clean and dry. The healthcare provider may order a tetanus shot and a broad-spectrum antibiotic, to cover many common bacteria that can easily be killed by a common antibiotic. The culture will result after a few days, and the provider can determine if the injured person needs a more a specific antibiotic that matches the drug that will kill the alleged bacteria. If the wound requires stitches, the injured person should be evaluated by the medical provider quickly, as the best practice for closing the wound is less than 24hours for a laceration to the face, and less than 12 hours for other areas of the body. Other areas of the body may be opted out for closure, to decrease the risk for infection and promote healing from the bottom of the wound toward the surface.

Dog Bite Complications:

  • Pasteurella infection: This infection can come from a dog bite or lick. This family of bacteria can be found in the oral cavity and respiratory tract of dogs (and other animals). This infection can present in any of the following ways:

inflammation of the skin; arthritis; sepsis (blood infection); infection in the bone; meningitis; respiratory infection; abdominal infection; endocarditis; eye infection; necrotizing fasciitis; fetal death in pregnant infected woman; inflammation of the thyroid; urinary tract infection; and infection of surgical grafts.

  • Capnocytophaga: This infection is rare but severe when spread to humans. The majority of those who contract this infection have experienced a dog bite, but a few may contract it from a scratch from, or exposure to, a dog (or cat). This infection is from a group of different bacteria that live in the oral cavity of the mouth of a human, dog, or cat. This infection can present in any of the following ways:

skin infection; fever; pneumonia; endocarditis; arthritis; gall bladder inflammation; severe sepsis (fever; disseminated purpuric lesions, as pictured below; low blood pressure; kidney insufficiency or failure; change in mental status; blood clotting abnormalities; ); and meningitis (with potential hearing loss).

(Disseminated Purpuric Lesions)

  • MRSA: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that is found on the skin and in the nose of humans. When this bacteria is introduced into the skin, or the blood stream, it may be very difficult to treat as it has built a resistance to antibiotics. When a person is bitten by a dog, the puncture can introduce the bacteria under the skin and produce problems such as cellulitis (infection and inflammation in a certain area of the skin) or develop into sepsis if spread to the bloodstream (which may affect multiple organs).
  • Rabies: Rabies is caused by a virus, as opposed to the previously noted bacterial infections. Rabies is transmitted through the saliva in an animal bite (in this case dog bite). Rabies in humans is not common in the United States, but these infections happen occasionally. It is important to be treated early with the vaccination if potentially exposed. The period between exposure and symptoms can be days to years if untreated. Once symptoms appear, they are quite vague and can include fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, decreased appetite, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, headache, and light sensitivity. After a few days or a week of these symptoms, the complications become much more dramatic including abnormal sensations (tingling, numbness, itching, and burning), encephalopathy, paralysis (unable to move or breathe), abnormal movements, seizures, throat spasms, sweating, drooling, increased or decreased body temperature, agitation, and hallucinations.
  • Bone fracture:Larger dogs, such as Pitbull terriers, German shepherds, and Rottweilers can cause fractures in bones. If a dog is strong or the child small, the strength of the dog can pull the person to the point of straining a joint, or the dog’s jaw may crush a bone.  The mechanism of how the attack happens is crucial in evaluating injuries. If the person is pulled to the ground, any part of the body could be injured depending on how the person fell and what area of the body was hit or bitten.

**The bacterial infections discussed are treated with antibiotics and symptomatic treatment of symptoms. The probability of recovery depends on the body’s response to antibiotics, and how quickly the assessment and interventions were started.

 

What Can I do If I Am Injured?

In some instances, the healing or repair process may be extensive from dog bite injuries. From multiple surgeries, to changing antibiotics, to physical therapy, the list of treatments can grow and become quite overwhelming. Multiple follow up visits with plastic surgery may be required, especially for children who are still growing, to ensure proper repair for long term appearance.  Any psychiatric trauma from the attack, should be addressed by a qualified professional, as many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Every year inpatient medical costs incurred are about $53.9 million from approximately 4.5 million dog bite injuries.  If you, or a loved one, have been injured from a dog attack and have dog bite complications, you may qualify for assistance. The attorneys and Premier Law Group are available to help obtaining financial assistance for such a traumatic time.

Written by: Courtney Tolin, RN, BSN, CEN

 

Dog Bite Prevention

List of tips to prevent Dog Bites

Sometimes, man’s best friend will bite. Approximately, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and almost 1 in 5 victims require medical attention from their injuries. About 16 people die from a dog attack each year.

Although dogs can be faithful companions, these are sobering statistics. It is important to know the risks and take precautions to prevent being the victim of a dog bite. Here are some tips:

  • Ask permission from the owner first, before petting an unfamiliar dog.
  • Stay away from a barking or growling dog.
  • Don’t touch a dog who is sleeping, eating, or chewing a toy.
  • Don’t scare a dog when greeting it; use your normal voice rather than yelling.
  • Avoid eye contact and don’t offer your hand to be sniffed. Instead, stand calmly in front of the dog and let it come to you.
  • Observe and understand the dog’s body language. Is the dog calm and peaceful, playful, nervous and anxious, or aggressive? If the dog presents tense with teeth showing, it is best to stay away.

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Dog Bite Lawyers

Bellevue Dog Bite Lawyers

Bellevue Dog Bites LawyersThere’s a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friend. When owners properly train and care for them, dogs are wonderful companions and a loving addition to any family. However, not all owners properly train and care for their dogs. Sometimes, they’re neglectful or careless, causing their dogs to become aggressive and attack people. According to the law, it’s the owner’s responsibility to deal with the consequences of these situations. Washington’s dog bite statute enables dog attack victims to get full and fair compensation for unfortunate health, financial, and other outcomes. This page gives you information about what to do after a dog attack and know when you should contact a Bellevue dog bites lawyer

Injuries Resulting From Dog Attacks

Victims of dog attacks suffer from physical injuries like deep cuts, muscle and tendon damage, broken bones, and blood loss. They may suffer from mental, psychological, and emotional damage as well. Often, children are the victims of dog bites with injuries and trauma lasting a lifetime. All of these unfortunate outcomes have financial and other consequences on victims and their families.

What To Do After A Dog Attack

After a dog attack, there are a few things you should do to help preserve the value of your claim. If possible, document the names and phone numbers of anyone involved, including the dog owner and any witnesses. Take photos of the scene and your injuries, and call the authorities if appropriate (police or 911 for emergency medical assistance). If there’s surveillance footage from the area or a 911 tape, request these pieces of evidence as soon as possible. You’ll also want to get pictures of your injuries as they are healing.

There’s A Deadline For Every Dog Bite Case

If you want to preserve your right to dog attack compensation, you should know there is a deadline associated with your case. This deadline is called a statute of limitations. There are various factors which impact the statute of limitations for any given situation, which is why we recommend contacting a Bellevue dog bite lawyer as soon as reasonably possible. An attorney with expertise in this area will ensure that you do not miss the opportunity to pursue your case should you decide to do so.

Bellevue Dog Bite Lawyers At Premier Law Group

Premier Law Group is Washington’s premier personal injury law firm. We are best described as a down-to-earth team, dedicated to exceptional client service, specializing in personal injury law, and committed to our communities – guaranteed. Our Washington dog bite lawyers can make sure you have all necessary pieces of evidence and walk you through your legal options. Call 206.285.1743 to schedule a free case review today. If you decide to hire us, there is no legal fee until you settle or win your case.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Bites

What’s The Best Way To Treat A Dog Bite?

In the absence of instructions from your health care provider, treat your dog bite wound by doing the following:

  1. Wash the wound with mild soap, and run warm water over it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth.
  3. Apply an antibiotic cream.
  4. Wrap the wound in a clean bandage.
  5. Keep the wound bandaged and go see a doctor.
  6. Change the bandage several times a day and follow any doctor recommendations.
  7. Watch for signs of complications including infection, swelling, more pain than usual, fever, and redness.

What’s The Typical Statute Of Limitations On Dog Bites In Washington State?

Remember that a statute of limitations is a deadline by which you must settle a case or file a lawsuit. You lose your right to compensation if you don’t do either of these things before the deadline. In general, the statute of limitations for dog bites is 3 years from the date of the injury. There are certain conditions that may extend or shorten the statute of limitations, which is why it’s important to speak to a Washington dog bite lawyer well before the three-year mark. We recommend reviewing your case and options with an experienced attorney right after the attack. Call Premier Law Group at 206.285.1743 to schedule a complimentary case review.

If I Hire A Washington Dog Bite Lawyer, How Long Will It Take To Settle My Claim?

It’s difficult to answer this question because every case is different. One thing that’s for certain is you should be done treating or have a permanent prognosis before your Washington dog bite lawyer tries to settle your case. Otherwise, you may end up with a settlement that fails to cover your expenses and fairly compensate you for the situation. Call Premier Law Group at 206.285.1743 today to schedule a free case review. Once we understand the context of your situation, we can provide more information.

What To Expect When You Contact And Work With Premier Law Group

  1. We’re accessible. When you contact us about your personal injury matter, you’ll speak directly with an attorney – not just a receptionist or intake specialist.
  2. We’re straightforward. No game-playing here – we want to help you towards your goals. For example, we’ll be upfront about whether you even need an attorney to settle your claim.
  3. We care. We’re real people who help real people with real problems. You’ve been wronged and you deserve an experience and outcome that makes things as right as possible.

Our mission is to ensure that everyone who contacts us becomes more informed about their legal options – whether we represent them or not. Call 206.285.1743 today to schedule a free dog bite case review.

What People Say About Premier Law Group

Look No Further

“This is the best law firm. They really care about their clients, which is evident in their actions. Please look no further than Premier Law Group if you get injured in an accident.” – Seon K.

Everything Was Handled Professionally & Quickly

“After I had my accident and went through my treatments, I was literally dumbfounded with what my car insurance company had offered me for a settlement. A friend of mine told me to call Premier Law Group and I’m so happy I did! Everything was handled so professionally and so quickly! I felt like I was a priority and every question I had was answered in length! Thank you for going above and beyond for me during this process! Hopefully I won’t ever be back but if I have to, I will only work with your team.” – Sarah T.

They Truly Care

“Great firm. They are very intelligent and truly care about their clients. I’ve worked with various law firms over the years and have to say this one is on top of their cases. They are the exact opposite of some of those firms that will spend all their money on marketing only to have poor customer service. These guys truly care. Clients come first here. Highly recommended!” – Ben B.

Call 206.285.1743 Today For A Free Review Of Your Dog Bite Case

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Dog Park Liability Lawyers In Seattle

Dog Bite Liability at Dog Parks

Dog park liability lawyers in SeattleDog parks are fantastic places for dogs to get some exercise, socialize and have fun off of their leash. However, entering a dog park exposes you and your dog to certain risks. For example, your dog could bite someone or you could be bitten by a dog.  Furthermore, your dog could bite another dog, or your dog could even get bitten by another dog. Dog park accidents can cause serious injuries to pets and people as well. Dog park accidents can result in cuts, punctures, crushed and broken bones, scarring, disfigurement, infections, and high medical and veterinary bills.

If you or your dog is injured in a dog park accident, you may be able to pursue compensation. To find out more about your legal rights and options, you’ll need to consult an experienced Seattle dog park liability lawyer. Contact Premier Law Group today for a free consultation with our experienced dog park injury attorneys.

Seattle Dog Containment Law

In Seattle, dogs have to be on a leash in most places.

The Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) says it is unlawful for an animal (except cats/pigeons) to not be on a leash (SMC 9.25.084(A)).  It is also unlawful for an animal in heat to no be confined, as well allowing a tethered animal to enter the street.

Seattle Dog Park Liability

Seattle law uses strict liability in regards to dog bites. Under this theory, a dog’s owner can be liable for a victim’s injuries if their dog attacks the victim. This includes if the dog bites, scratches, or knocks down the victim.

Further, if the attack occurs on public property, then the owner can be found strictly liable for the victim’s injuries. This also applies to dog parks including Grandview Off-Leash Area or Woodland Off-Leash Dog Park. Although dogs are able to roam off-leash in most Seattle dog parks, that does not mean owners are not responsible when their pet bites someone. Moreover, owners should keep their dogs under control at all times.

If you were bitten by a dog in one of Seattle’s parks, you are within your rights to pursue a Seattle personal injury claim against the owner. However, these claims can become complicated. You will need to show the costs you have suffered due to the attack and negotiate with the insurance company. They may attempt to fight your claim by using the provocation defense.

As such, we at Premier Law Group can help you with your claim.  Our experienced dog bite attorneys can help you build your case and deal with insurance companies while you or your loved one focus on recovery.

Seattle Leash Laws

Seattle dog bite lawyers can helpAdditionally, at Premier Law Group, we represent people who have been attacked and injured by someone else’s dog. Oftentimes, the dog that attacks our clients was not on a leash. However, there are instances where an attack occurs even when the dog was on a leash.

In Seattle, all dogs should be kept under control and leashed when not designated off-leash areas. Failing to do so can lead to many dog bites.

Furthermore, according to Seattle Municipal Code 9.25.084, tethering a dog in any place where the dog can enter a public sidewalk, alley, or place open to the public is unlawful. This is to say that, an unattended dog tethered outside a business on a sidewalk or other public area, that is a violation of the Seattle Municipal Code.

Let An Experienced Seattle Dog Park Liability Attorney Help

If you’ve suffered injury, or emotional or financial stress from a dog park accident, it’s important that a trusted Seattle dog park accident lawyer assists with your injury claim. The right attorney will help you access the resources you need to make the best possible recovery.  At Premier Law Group, we can communicate and negotiate with the other party or insurance companies while you focus on recovery. They will want to pay as little as possible or claim provocation but you deserve full and fair compensation.

Our lawyers will negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf or represent you in court. Additional supports they may provide are:

  • Gathering evidence to prove liability.
  • Building a case and strategy for your claim
  • Pursuing compensation on your behalf.
  • Communicating with insurance companies.

Contact a Dedicated Dog Park Liability Lawyer

Experienced dog bite lawyers in Seattle Federal Way Renton and BellevueWe are frequently asked, when should I hire a Seattle dog park liability lawyer? There are a number of advantages to hiring someone right away. The right attorney will help protect your health, emotional well-being, and finances and even your dog right away.

At Premier Law Group, our goal is for everyone who contacts us to end up more informed about their legal options – even if we do not end up representing them.

If you don’t need an attorney to settle your dog park accident claim, we’ll let you know.

Contact Premier Law Group for your FREE dog park accident case review. Call 206.285.1743 today. And as always, there’s no legal fee unless we settle or win your case.

Dog Attacks on the Rise for Washington Postal Workers

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Over 4.5 Million Dog Bites Occur in the U.S. Each Year

It is not surprising that dogs are known as “man’s best friend” in the United States; they decrease stress, increase exercise levels, and serve as playmates for children. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), approximately 38% of households nationwide own one or more dogs, the highest amount since the organization began measuring in 1982. Unfortunately, along with our love of canine companionship comes a negative side— dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to hospital emergency rooms each year or about 1,008 per day!

Dog Attacks on the Rise for Washington Postal Workers

To help raise awareness, the U.S. Postal Service established its annual National Dog Bite Prevention Week every April. This year, USPS announced a significant decline in dog attacks on postal workers: 5,714 in 2018 nationwide, a decrease of over 500 since 2017 and over 1,000 since 2016.

Sadly, statistics for Washington State last year were not as promising. Dog attacks on postal workers increased from 122 to 127. To help combat these attacks, USPS is equipping carriers with mobile deliver scanners which have a feature that allows customers to indicate if there’s a dog at delivery locations. The Postal Service also encourages people in the community to help keep postal workers safe with the following tips:

  • Place your dog in a separate room behind a closed door before opening the front door for a letter carrier.
  • Remind children and other family members to avoid taking mail directly from a postal worker in the presence of the family dog. The dog may view it as a threatening gesture.
  • Be aware that the Postal Service may ask you to pick up mail at the nearest post office if your carrier feels threatened by your dog.

“Sometimes, it’s difficult for us to imagine that our loveable dog may hurt someone,” explains dog bite legal expert and attorney, Jason Epstein, “but unfortunately, I see too many cases when a dog unexpectedly attacks and causes serious injuries.” According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over half of dog bite injuries occur at home and by dogs who are familiar to us. Children, ages 5 to 9 years old, have the highest rate of injuries from dog attacks. Take time to learn safety strategies by visiting Premier Law Group’s tips for dog bite prevention.

Expensive Treatment Costs

Many people don’t realize that dog bites can lead to serious health concerns. The CDC reports that nearly 1 in 5 dog bite victims require medical attention for severe injury, infection, pain, and/or nerve damage. Treatment can be expensive with the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay being $18,200! In 2015, more than 28,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery after being bitten by dogs.

It isn’t surprising that dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one third of all homeowners’ liability claims paid out in 2018, costing $675 million according to the Insurance Information Institute and State Farm. In Washington State, the number of dog bite claims continues to rise. According to the Northwest Insurance Council, there were 337 claims with a total value of $13.7 million in 2017.

Dog Bite Victims’ Legal Rights in Washington State

When a dog attack is the result of the carelessness or negligence of the owner, Washington State law holds the dog owner responsible for any severe injuries inflicted on the victim “regardless of former viciousness or owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.” (RCW 16.08.040) “There can be consequences from a dog bite that last a lifetime,” adds attorney Epstein, “including medical bills, loss of wages, and ongoing trauma.”

Jason Epstein and Premier Law Group specialize in helping dog bite victims in the Seattle-Bellevue area receive just compensation for their injuries, but there are time limitations. If you, your child, or other loved one have been bitten due to a dog owner’s negligence, call us at 206-880-7236 for a free case evaluation. For more information about PLG’s expertise representing dog bite victims, visit our Dog Bites page.

Washington State Mulls Prohibiting Banning of Specific Dog Breeds

bigstock-Crossbreed--months-old-sitt-41972335It’s easy to see a pit bull and immediately feel uncomfortable or scared. Their wide jaws and often muscular bodies seen through their short-haired coats can trigger a sense of danger.

Their loving licks and wagging tail can also trigger the opposite feeling.

In American society there are taboos placed on pit bulls and other “fighting dogs” like Rottweilers. Twelve cities in Washington have banned pit pulls, 2 cities ban other dog breeds as well, and 13 cities have classified pit bulls and other breeds as “dangerous” or “potentially dangerous,” according to www.dogsbite.org.

A bill being discussed in the Washington State Legislature, House Bill 2117, seeks to prohibit naming specific breeds of dogs as dangerous or potentially dangerous, or banning any specific breed of dog.

If passed, the bill would declare that “a dog’s breed is not inherently indicative of whether or not the dog is dangerous and that the criteria for determining whether or not a dog is dangerous or potentially dangerous should be focused on the dog’s behavior.”

State law currently prohibits prosecutors from using a dog’s breed to show “that the owner of the dog either knew or should have known that the dog was potentially dangerous.” However, many local city laws have classified certain breeds as such, contradicting the current language of the law. House Bill 2117 would emphasize that breed discrimination is not a valid legal course and cannot be enforced.

Pit bulls’ bad reputation has mainly come from their popularity in dog-fighting matches. Owners of fighting dogs favor the dogs and train them to be vicious fighters. People also train them as guard dogs to fend off unwanted visitors. Other breeds can and are trained in the same fashion, resulting in an equally dangerous dog.

In reality, research has found that pit bulls have a relatively mild temperament compared to other popular dog breeds. More American Pit Bull Terriers passed their temperament test than Golden Retrievers, Collies, and Beagles, according to the American Temperament Test Society, Inc., an organization that does temperament evaluations for different dog breeds.

Though many dog attacks, and even deaths, are attributed to pit bulls and other fighting breeds, it is not generally accepted that breed-specific legislation (such as banning or labeling breeds dangerous) does anything to ease this danger. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Veterinary Medical Association, among others groups, have concluded that breed-specific legislation is ineffective and unnecessary.

All dogs are capable of hurting and killing humans. A 6-week-old baby was killed in Southern California by the family’s Pomeranian in 2000, according to the Los Angeles Times. Pomeranians range between 3-7 pounds and are considered companion dogs.

Safe, social dogs develop with responsible owners, not with breed-specific legislation.

Do you have questions about preventing your family members from dog bites? Call Premier Law Group at 206-285-1743, or visit our Contact page to send an email to our knowledgable staff.

Negligence Per Se

Expert Federal Way car accident lawyersProving negligence is an essential part of nearly all personal injury cases. Generally, this is when someone is being careless or reckless while driving. This comes with a specific set of facts that will need to be proven in a personal injury case. Proving these facts can be difficult, however if you can prove that the defendant violated a law and this violation caused an auto accident, then it is much easier to prove that they were at fault. We call this Negligence Per Se.

Examples Of Negligence Per Se

An easy way to understand negligence per se is through a few examples. The most common example would be through a Washington car accident case. When a driver isn’t following the rules of the road, and this causes an auto accident, they are then at fault for the accident. The most common occurrences of this are:

  • Speeding
  • Running a red light
  • Running through a stop sign
  • Failing to yield to pedestrians or other vehicles when they have the right of way
  • Failing to use a turn signal when changing lanes or turning
  • Talking on the phone or texting while driving

Negligence per se isn’t just limited to car crashes. A dog bite case is another great example as well. Let’s say that someone is in an area with a leash law, and they let their dog off it’s leash. If the dog bites someone, then the owner would be responsible because they were negligent per se in not following the leash law. The owner is then liable to cover the costs for any injuries their dog may have caused.

So If I Prove Someone Was Negligent Per Se, Does That Mean I’ll Win My Case?

best car crash attorneys in Federal WayNot necessarily. Although proving that someone was negligent when causing your accident is great for your case, it doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically win. The insurance adjusters will try to deny any and everything that they can. Even if their client was at fault, it is very common for adjusters to say you were also partially or equally at fault. When this happens, you can expect a complicated legal battle to follow.

Proving someone was negligent is good grounds to stand on, but hiring an expert auto accident attorney puts the nail in the coffin for the insurance company. At Premier Law Group, our professional attorneys have decades of experience. We’ve helped hundreds of people win personal injury cases that adjusters wouldn’t have settled without a battle. Not only will we fight for you, but we’ll win too! Give us a call for a FREE consultation at 206-285-1743.

Triple Guarantee Premier Law Group of Seattle and Bellevue

Premier Law Group of Seattle and Bellevue has created the Triple Guarantee 

What is the Triple Guarantee? 

Our Triple Guarantee was created because we have heard time and time again from our clients what they really want in a law firm. Most likely, you are looking for those same things in a personal injury attorney. That is why we created these guarantees, to deliver exactly the services you need without hassle, long wait times, or not getting the answers you need. 

Our first Triple Guarantee:

When you contact us about your personal injury matter, you’ll speak directly with an attorney – not just a receptionist or intake specialist. Furthermore, we’ll be upfront about whether you even need an attorney to settle your claim.

You deserve answers. Waiting to hear back from an attorney can feel like an excruciatingly long time. Our Personal Injury Lawyers are ready to talk with you during our regular business hours. This one phone call can save you time and help you to get the money you deserve. Call us now to speak with an expert Seattle Personal Injury Attorney. Our expert Personal Injury Lawyers have decades of experience helping members of the greater Seattle community settle vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, dog bites, and wrongful death cases. We are the only Personal Injury Law firm in Seattle that will connect you to an attorney right away-on your first call! Not only will we tell you if we think you have a case, but we will also be sure you have the resources and referrals you need to keep the momentum going on your case.

Our second Guarantee:

If we decide to work together, we’ll provide a “premier” client experienceThat means you get personalized service and premier client experience.

We treat all of our clients like family.  This means we will treat you with respect, answer your questions, and provide you with all of the information you need. We have many resources that will help you to make important decisions. We always include an amazing personalized service. Every client is assigned one point of contact using the communication method of your choice (text, phone, email). For our team and our clients, communication is the most critical part o working together. We will communicate with you before you need to ask! The Premier Law Group team uses modern technology like DocuSign to help to streamline processes and save time. Our Triple Guarantee is designed to make sure you feel comfortable during the entire personal injury process. 

 Our third Guarantee:

You don’t pay a penny unless we win your case. That’s our “zero-fee guarantee”. 

That is our financial guarantee for you.  Often there are many expenses that come from a personal injury and we know that you will most likely need funds to get through this process.  Because we have already advised you on whether or not we think you have a case, we feel you deserve our vote of confidence in our ability to win. Our experienced Seattle Personal Injury Lawyers will walk you through the personal injury lawsuit process.

Triple Guarantee Premier Law Group of Seattle |Because we know how important your case is to your recovery and your future we are looking forward to talking about your case with you.  Call us now for your free case evaluation with an attorney and find out if your case is going to be one we will take on.  Even if it is not, we will guide you to our free legal resources or refer you to the appropriate person. 

Call us now at (206)-207-4722  for your FREE case evaluation and to speak directly to an expert Personal Injury Attorney

We care about you and your family and we want to help you win the best settlement possible. Don’t just take our word for it, check out our past client reviews.  Premier Law Group’s clients have consistently given us nothing but five-star reviews.

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Lawyer

A lawyer, also known as an attorney, is someone who practices law. In Washington, lawyers have to be licensed by the state to practice law, and that requires extensive schooling and testing—or a certain level of experience and licensure in another state.

Lawyers have thorough training and knowledge regarding the law.  It is their business to know your rights in your legal case.  Many attorneys will specialize in specific areas of the law because it would be impossible to know every aspect of every category of the law.

Attorneys who work in personal injury matters, such as car accidents, slip and fall cases, and dog bite claims, practice in the category of “torts.” Many lawyers will also further specialize their practice by only starting or by only defending lawsuits.

 

Why should I have a lawyer for my personal injury case?

Technically, you do not need an attorney to start a lawsuit.  That being said, it is a smart move to have one, because attorneys bring a lot of value to your claim.  Lawyers who practice in personal injury cases see cases like yours every day.  They can put that knowledge and experience to work for you by:

  • Evaluating your situation to determine what the value of your claim may be compared to similar cases in your area and how likely you are to win your case at trial
  • Negotiating with an insurance company, employer, or anyone else who may be involved in your case
  • Investigating the accident
  • Gathering and analyzing medical records on your behalf
  • Knowing what they will need to be able to prove to win your case
  • Presenting your case to a judge, jury, or insurance adjuster in the best way possible

Unfortunately, many people hesitate to get a lawyer, which stems from the misconception that they are expensive. Premier Law Group uses a contingency fee agreement, which means that if we don’t recover anything for you, then you don’t have to pay us anything.  You get a lot of value with no payment up front.  Also, research shows that you are significantly more likely to win your case and/or get an increased settlement amount if you have an experienced attorney on your side.

 

Why does it matter what kind of lawyer I get?

No one lawyer knows everything.  Many attorneys specialize in just a few areas of the law so they can understand that particular area very well.  That is why you don’t want the same attorney who made your will to help you with your personal injury case.  They likely do not have the experience, knowledge, and skill you need to present a compelling argument after an auto accident.  That doesn’t make that person a bad lawyer! It only highlights the difference between a general practitioner and a specialist. Just as you wouldn’t use your family doctor to perform a spinal surgery, similarly you will get better results in hiring an attorney that specializes only in personal injury law.

Meeting with us is the best way to determine if you have a legal claim and decide if you want to work with our team to start your lawsuit.  We would love to talk to you about your options.  Fill out the form to your right or call us at 206-285-1743 to speak with one of our attorneys for FREE.