The 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
When 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.
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. At 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 FREEdog park accident case review. Call 206.285.1743 today. And as always, there’s no legal fee unless we win your case.
Dogs 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.
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.
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.
There’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 yourinjuries 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:
Wash the wound with mild soap, and run warm water over it for 5 to 10 minutes.
Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth.
Apply an antibiotic cream.
Wrap the wound in a clean bandage.
Keep the wound bandaged and go see a doctor.
Change the bandage several times a day and follow any doctor recommendations.
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
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.
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.
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Dog 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.
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
Additionally, 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
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.
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.
It’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.
Many accidents can lead to a serious facial injury or trauma to the face. However your injury accident was caused, it’s important to protect your legal rights. A facial injury could have victims suffering for years, decades, or even the rest of their lives. The treatment alone for injuries to a person’s face is often expensive. Additionally, the costs of long-term medical care or plastic surgery can threaten an injured victim’s finances in the long run as well.
However, hiring a personal injury attorney can help injury victims. They can help to recover full and fair compensation for any injuries. They can help get payment for medical bills, lost wages, and future treatment as well. The experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys at Premier Law Group have represented victims involved in many types of accidents. They can also help you learn more about your legal rights and options.
Call 206.285.1743 today to speak with one of our attorneys and begin your free case review.
Common Types of Facial Injuries
Facial injuries are some of the more serious injuries seen in accident victims. Trauma from these injuries can also result in permanent scarring and disfigurement. These injuries can require multiple surgeries, scar revision treatments or prosthetics. Many victims also suffer from a lasting or permanent change in their looks. Common facial injuries include:
Such injuries can also permanently alter vision and speech of victims. That is why it is very important to get the proper treatment for facial injuries. Treatment for these injuries can include emergency care, acute treatment, long-term repair, physical therapy, or custom prosthetics. It is also important to find doctors and surgeons who are well-trained in the treatment needed for such injuries. However, these treatments can be quite costly.
Depending on how severe the injuries are, you may need multiple surgeries, stitches, repair procedures, scar reduction, or skin grafts. Severe face injuries may also need pins or plates to be inserted to stabilize the bones of the face.
Causes of Facial Injuries
There are many ways in which a facial injury can occur. They may be the result of the following.
If you are suffering from injuries to your face due to an accident, you need legal help. The injury attorneys at Premier Law Group can help you. Call 206.285.1743 today and speak directly with them about your case.
Facial Injuries from a Dog Bite
When a dog attacks, it is common for victims to suffer injuries around the face and neck area. These are some of the most at risk parts of the body. They are typically the most traumatic injuries resulting from a dog bite attack as well. Dogs often target the face, which can scar easily and is also quite visible to others. This makes it perhaps one of the most physically and emotionally devastating injuries someone can suffer following a dog attack.
Furthermore, in addition to the physical pain, dog bite victims with facial injuries often deal with reminders of the attack. That emotional pain returns every time a victim looks in the mirror or meets someone in public. Any plastic surgery and resulting scars act as a lifelong reminder of the attack.
Emotional & Mental Impact of Facial Trauma
Injuries to the face can cause a great deal of emotional trauma as well. This can affect a person’s self confidence and their ability to socialize comfortably. Victims of facial trauma often need treatment for their mental state in addition to the physical treatment they receive for their injuries. The mental effect of an injury can be short-term or long-term as well, depending on the case and the victim’s personality.
Furthermore, common signs and symptoms of psychological trauma after a face injury include:
Mood swings: Victims of facial injuries may experience depression or feel anxious, angry, or irritable.
Social avoidance: Because of facial injuries, victims may withdraw from social situations, and even friends and family as well.
Lack of focus: A common effect of a facial injury is feeling numb or an overall lack of motivation.
Drug abuse: Traumatic experiences in general and the resulting treatment can also lead a victim to abuse drugs or alcohol. Painful facial injuries can result in a victim abusing painkillers as well.
Damages For Facial Injuries
Your personal injury attorney should be aware of all of the potential damages in your injury case. While some damages, such as medical bills, might be obvious, others are not. That’s why you need an experienced attorney, to help maximize your claim and put the most money back in your pocket.
Damages in a facial injury case can include the following.
Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
Loss of Essential Services
Pain and Suffering
Loss of Affection or Consortium or Quality of Life
Victims of a facial injury almost always need the help of an attorney to get the full and fair financial compensation they deserve. This assistance can also help pay for the specific treatment a victim may need.
The attorneys at Premier Law Group have experience working with victims who suffer from major injuries. We understand how to offer legal aid in a way that is sensitive to the special emotional needs of facial injury victims.
If you or a loved one has injuries, disfigurement, or scars from an accident in Seattle or anywhere in Washington state, contact Premier Law Group. We will help protect the health, emotional well being, and finances of you or your loved ones.
Broken bones are frustrating injuries. They can limit your mobility, your range of motion, and your ability to do the things that you love. These injuries can also impede your ability to work. When this occurs, it can cause issues. That’s when you need an expert broken bone attorney on your side.
Unfortunately, many breaks are the result of negligent individuals. These individuals may be responsible for auto collisions, dog attacks, or slip-and-falls. If your fracture is the result of such an individual, you deserve full and fair compensation.
For more information on recovering damages after a bone break in an accident, contact the broken bone attorneys at Premier Law Group. Call 206.285.1743 today to get started on your free case review.
What Is a Fracture?
A fracture is simply a bone that has broken. There are many types of fractures, varying by severity and location. Do not assume that your fracture is minor, or that you aren’t suffering from a fracture at all. Injuries such as these can also be deceiving. You may not even realize the severity of your wounds until you have x-rays done. Skipping a diagnosis can result in the fracture becoming worse with time.
Some common fractures include:
A stable fracture: This is where the bones are barely out of place.
A displaced fracture: This is where the broken ends of a bone do not line up.
A transverse fracture: This is where the bones do not line up and are very unstable.
An oblique fracture: This is where the bones are broken at an angle. This type of fracture can start out stable, then become unstable over time.
A spiral fracture: This occurs because of a twisting force, like a slip-and-fall.
An open fracture: This occurs when a bone breaks through the skin. This type of fracture is common when a pedestrian is hit by a car and their legs are the first part of the body to make contact.
A broken bone is a serious matter. These kinds of injuries also take time to heal. They require medical intervention to heal properly as well. While many people have suffered a fracture at some point in their lives, many of these accidents were the fault of another careless individual. When that’s the case, contacting a experienced Seattle broken bone attorneys can be the difference between you getting fair compensation or the insurance company low-balling your claim.
What Are The Causes of Broken Bones?
Our bones are made of pretty strong and hard material. It takes a lot of force to break a bone. Particularly thick bones, such as the femur or the skull, require even more force to break. Accidents involving high levels of force often cause bones to break.
If you have a fracture resulting from someone else’s negligence, then you have the right to seek compensation. Fortunately, in these kinds of accidents, finding the liable party is not too difficult. The negligent party that caused your injury may owe you money. This will also help you recover from your broken bone injury. Contact the expert broken bone attorneys at Premier Law Group to get started on your free case review.
Nearly 250,000 people break their ankles every year. However, the consequences of these injuries can be severe. Especially for adults. Broken ankles can be difficult to heal. Healing can require crutches or a wheelchair for a significant amount of time.
Furthermore, broken ankles can feel just like an ankle sprain because the symptoms are so similar. Those who suffer from broken ankles are often able to walk after the injury. However, only a doctor can determine whether you have a sprain or a broken ankle. Without a proper diagnosis, you risk injuring yourself further.
Common symptoms you may experience as the result of a broken ankle include:
Swelling around your entire ankle joint. Oftentimes around your foot as well.
Bruising at the site of the injury. This may occur within hours of your injury, or may appear several days later.
Severe pain that occurs suddenly, usually within seconds of the injury. This pain can last for several days. For a broken ankle, the pain and its duration may be greater than any other type of ankle injury.
Being unable to walk evenly or put your full weight on the ankle.
An ankle joint that looks out of place. Broken ankle joints often look deformed.
A broken ankle injury will be tender to the touch. It may require years of healing to feel fully healed.
Instability in your ankle. This may be accompanied by weakness, even without the pain.
Crackling or snapping sensations around your ankle.
After medical treatment for your broken ankle, you will need physical therapy. However, the healing process depends on the severity of the injury as well as your ability to continue exercises. Some people never heal 100% and sustain a permanent injury as a result of the accident.
Typically, a broken leg is obvious following an accident. However, it requires immediate medical attention. If you have poor health, are less active, or have a less serious fracture, doctors may use non-surgical treatment. However, you will need to wear a brace or hard cast to keep the bones in proper alignment while healing. If surgery is necessary, recovery could take up to six months. Also, following treatment, physical therapy will help restore your strength and mobility. Furthermore, gaps in treatment are the first thing that insurance companies check for. As such, it is important to go to an orthopedist right away.
What Are The Consequences of a Broken Bone?
A broken bone also hurts. Not only is this injury painful, but if the damage is severe, it can lead to further injury. Severely broken bones can lead to nerve damage or even amputation as well. Bone fragments can also rip through nerves and skin. Furthermore, minor fractures can take months to heal which may cut into your wages.
Moreover, money is necessary when healing broken bones. Doctors will need x-rays, and then to apply a cast. If the break is serious, you may also need surgery to set the bone. This treatment can add up to several thousand dollars. Paying those medical bills, you may be left in a dire financial situation resulting from someone else’s negligence
If your bone broke in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you have the right to full and fair compensation. That includes your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. If you need experienced broken bone attorneys who can help you get the compensation that you deserve, contact Premier Law Group today.
Contact Seattle Broken Bone Attorneys Who Can Help You!
Fractures can take a long time to heal. Many fractures also lead to permanent injuries. Furthermore, a broken bone often results in medical bills, pain, discomfort, and lost wages due to your inability to work.
If you were the victim of someone else’s negligence, the broken bone attorneys at Premier Law Group will help you through your recovery. Don’t just take our word for it, see what our past clients have to say here. Call 206.285.1743 today to get started on your free case review. Remember, you do not have to pay a legal fee unless we win your case.
Proving 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:
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
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?
Not 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 FREEconsultation at 206-285-1743.