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German Shepherd Dog Bites

German Shepherds are among the most popular dog breeds in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham, Tacoma, and Washington State. They are also common fixtures in police departments and various branches of the military and search and rescue teams given their intelligence. While they are loyal dogs that are good working animals, they also have a history of biting people and attacking people. They should be watched and monitored closely around children especially. They have an extremely strong bite that can exert between 238 to 750 pounds.

Per the CDC, which stands for the Center for Disease Control, about 4.7 million dog bites happen every year in the USA, with about 800,000 of these bites needing some form of medical care. German Shepherds ranked third with twenty fatalities because of attacks last year.

German Shepherd Facts and Considerations

German Shepherds are known as good working dogs who are not difficult to train. In fact, they rank third behind border collies and poodles as the most intelligent dog. They were bred originally for their intelligence and fearlessness and they originate from Germany. A recent book demonstrated that German Shepherds have the ability to learn simple tasks after five repetitions and then, about 95% of the time, they obeyed the first command given to them.

German Shepherd females tend to weigh between 49-73 pounds, while males weigh between 66-88 pounds, though some larger ones can weigh in excess of 100 pounds. Males are 24-26 inches off the ground. They typically will live between nine and thirteen years. In Britain, until the late 1970’s, they were known as Alsatian. The German Shepherd was first bred in 1899 as a herding dog to help herd sheet. The German Shepherd’s popularity exploded in growth after WW2, when many servicemen brought the dog back, having been impressed by their intelligence and loyalty. The dog is now the second most registered dog by The Kennel Club.

Insurance Considerations

If you have been attacked by a German Shepherd and bitten, it is important to understand whether there is insurance in your case. If the dog bite takes place at someone’s home or business, chances are there is insurance. If the dog bite takes place at someone’s apartment, you will need to find out if they have renter’s insurance.

Most homes and businesses have an insurance policy that will pay you from the policy for your injuries. However, it is important to understand that there is a limit to the amount of money you are allowed to collect from an insurance policy. If the homeowner purchased a $100,000 insurance policy for their home, that is the most the insurance company has to pay. So even if you believe your case is worth $500,000, the most they have to pay is $100,000. You are allowed to collect the remaining $400,000.

If there is no insurance available, then you have to decide whether you can recover money from the dog’s owner. If the dog bite occurred at someone’s business, then the business most likely has insurance that you can recover from. If the dog bite occurs outside of someone’s home, if the homeowner has insurance, you can most likely recover still from their insurance policy even though the bite occurred outside their home. If you have questions about insurance, please call us for a free consultation to discuss how insurance will impact your case.

You might be wondering: who will pay my bills? Should I send them to the insurance company for the homeowner who owned the dog? The answer is that it depends. While some homeowner’s insurance companies,

Common German Shepherd Dog Bite Injuries

When a German Shepherd dog attacks, the results can be very serious, even life threatening. German Shepherd dog bites sometimes only puncture the skin, but they are also capable of seriously injuring someone by biting and then turning their heads rapidly in a tearing motion to inflict maximum damage. It is also important to note that not all German Shepherd dog attacks result in bites. Sometimes the dog will knock you down or pounce on you without biting and still cause someone serious injuries.

Some of the more common injuries resulting from German Shepherd dog bite attacks are:

  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Tissue damage
  • Whiplash
  • Skin punctures
  • Death
  • Emotional or psychological trauma

These dogs are capable of inflicting great trauma on people and one of the most under appreciated aspects of these kinds of cases are the emotional tolls they take on people. So often people are dog lovers prior to being attacked by a German Shepherd. In fact, they often have a dog or dogs of their own, but after an attack, they simply cannot be around dogs. This kind of trauma is very serious and can require counseling or therapy session to make sure the victim has recovered.

Seeing a surgeon and a primary doctor is also necessary in order to address the physical toll these injuries have taken on you. This is of course after you have been to the emergency room to address your injuries immediately. Seeing your primary doctor can help you in that this doctor will direct you to the appropriate specialist.

How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help

After being attacked by German Shepherd dog and receiving injuries, you are likely experiencing a lot of trauma and might have a lot of questions about where you should turn or what you should do to get help. You are likely receiving phone calls from insurance companies as well. There are two parts of a German Shepherd dog bite case. The first is the liability part of your case and the second is the damages part of your case.

If necessary, we can hire an expert to prove that you had no wrongdoing in the German Shepherd dog attacking you. It may seem unthinkable that the insurance company for the homeowner’s whose German Shepherd attacked you could blame you for the attack, it does sometimes happen. Once we establish that they were at fault, we can then focus on damages, meaning the value of your case.

We can help you recover money for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Lost wages, if you missed work
  • Future lost wages, if you’ll miss work going forward because of doctor’s appointments, surgery etc.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Out of pocket expenses, which is money for things like casts, wheelchairs, etc.

We have a long track record of success with getting large settlements with insurance companies for German Shepherd dog bites. If we cannot, then we have the experience and know-how and willingness to go to court and put on a good presentation at court to get you a large jury verdict for your injuries. This will not be easy, but we stand ready to do so.

If you have questions, feel free to call us for a free consultation about your German Shepherd dog bite case.

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