Dog Bite FAQ
After being bitten by a dog, you are likely having many thoughts and concerns and questions about your case, some of which may seem obvious and others may not seem quite so clear. While these questions are not intended to be complete, they are the most common questions we see at the Jackman Law Firm.
Question: How long do I have to bring a case in court in Washington State?
Answer: You have three years from the date of the dog attack to bring a case in court. This means you simply have to file the documents in court. The case does not have to be resolved.
Question: How long do I have to bring a case in court if my son or daughter was attacked by a dog?
Answer: If your child was under the age of 18 at the time of the attack, then the child has three years from their 18th birthday to bring a claim in court.
Question: Will the insurance company make me a fair offer for my injuries?
Answer: This depends. Some insurance companies will pay you a fair amount, but many will not. It really depends on the insurance company and the offer that was made to you.
Question: Am I allowed to get paid a settlement for the money I lost out on at work because of the dog bite?
Answer: Yes, you can. It is important that you are able to reasonably prove the amount of these damages. For instance, it is helpful to have tax returns and pay statements from the past to show what you lost.
Question: The insurance company won’t pay me any money because they said I provoked the attack. Is this true?
Answer: The answer is no. Don’t let this be a deterrent between you getting the justice you deserve. Dogs cannot attack people without their owners being held accountable.
Question: Is it true that dogs get one free bite?
Answer: No, this is not true. Dogs cannot just attack people and have their owners escape liability, even if the dog just bit one time.