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There are an estimated 70 to 80 million dogs owned by families in the United States. With such a large number of dogs in the country, it is a sad reality that dog bites and other animal attacks become inevitable- each year, 5 million people are bitten by dogs in the US. Injuries from dog bites can be horrendous, traumatizing, and expensive. Some possible injuries caused by being bitten by a dog include decreased dexterity and sensation, disfigurement, disability, and in extreme cases death, not to mention potential long-term trauma.

dog-bite-attorney-oregon-2Have you or someone you know been injured in a recent Oregon dog bite or animal attack? Oregon’s dog bite laws can be very confusing. Here is some advice from Greg Veralrud, one of Oregon’s top personal injury attorneys that will hopefully help. If you have been bitten by a dog recently and have further questions or need to understand your options, call us today for a free consulation at 541-345-3334.


Oregon Dog Bite Laws

dog-bite-attorney-oregon-1If you’ve been bitten by a dog with a history of violent or aggressive behavior, under Oregon law there’s a good chance that you’ll have a successful personal injury suit for injuries resulting from the dog attack.  Dog owners are “strictly liable” for injuries caused by the dog if the owner knows or has reason to know of the animal’s dangerous propensities.”  A dog owner may be able to successfully defend against a claim for damages from his dog’s attack if the dog has no previous record of violent or aggressive behavior and the dog owner can claim he had no notice that the dog would bite.  We generally refer to this legal standard as the “one bite law.”  However, even in cases where you may not be able to show that the dog has previously attacked or bitten, the dog’s aggressive or violent disposition can be shown in other ways.  An experienced dog bite personal injury attorney can be of great assistance in either scenario in securing favorable compensation for injuries sustained as a result of an attack by a dog.


The Right Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer for You

Because of the difficulty of dog bite cases, you will want to make sure you have a case that has standing before you hire a lawyer and start incurring legal fees. Greg Veralrud and his associates want to get to know their clients, listen to their problems, and make sure that we can get them the compensation they deserve before we take on their case. If you or a loved one just suffered an Oregon dog bite or animal attack, call Greg Veralrud today for a free consultation. Our legal team will get to know you a little bit, listen to the details of your case, and explain your options to you. Many of Greg Veralrud’s cases are taken on as contingency cases, which means that you don’t have to pay any lawyer fees until you get the justice you deserve. Greg Veralrud is one of Oregon’s most successful personal injury lawyers because, unlike many other lawyers who look for the easy settlements, he is not afraid to stand up for you in court if that’s what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.


Additional Resources:

Oregon Law Concerning Dog Bites:

Oregon Health Authority Animal Bite Guidelines (reporting bites for rabies)


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