Rottweiler Dog Bites
The Rottweiler breed of dog is one of the more popular and common breeds of dog in Seattle, Kirkland, Olympia, Bellingham, and across Washington State. They are a common dog for police, military, emergency, and search and rescue teams across the state. While they are often a dog breed that is used for beneficial purposes, they can also be aggressive and cause people serious injuries.Rottweiler Facts and Information
The Rottweiler is, interestingly, one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. The Rottweiler dates back as far as the Roman Empire. They are known as being great guard dogs, very smart, and very dependable. They were great at herding sheep and guarding people and places in the Roman empire. The Rottweiler is named after a town that existed during the Roman empire. In modern times, the Rottweiler became especially popular during the first and second World Wars as service dogs and dogs that helped with guarding others.
The Rottweiler is a large breed of dog that can weigh, as a male, between 110 and 132 pounds and between 77-106 pounds for females. The males are 24-27 inches high. Their coats are double-coated and their colors are black, tan, or mahogany. They typically live between eight to ten years.Why Do Rottweilers Attack?
Rottweilers attack for a number of reasons. Among the most common reasons are because they are scared or threatened, because they are caught in a stressful situation, or they are sick or surprised. Most commonly, they attack or bite if they are trying to protect their puppies or owners. It is best not to look a Rottweiler in the eye or run suddenly from the dog if the Rottweiler appears threatening or has assumed an aggressive stance.
A less common reason for attacking or biting people is that they are eating or sleeping and they are approached by surprise. This is to say nothing of a Rottweiler who might have contracted a disease, such as rabies, that might drive them to be more aggressive than they would ordinarily be.How to Help Your Rottweiler Bite Case
After being attacked or bitten by a Rottweiler, you may be wondering what, if anything, you can do to ensure you have a successful personal injury recovery. Obviously, the first and foremost thing you must do after a Rottweiler attack is make sure you get all of the medical attention, which includes emotional or psychological attention, you need to get yourself back to health.
Once you have covered that, then you can some of the following tips to help your case. First, you need to make sure you get all the information available for the dog’s owner, including their name, address, phone number, and homeowner’s insurance information, including their insurance policy number and when it went into effect and when it expired. This is very important.
It’s also important to photograph your injuries, especially to show the scar as it heals and hopefully improves if you in fact have scarring. Next, keep in mind that your social media, including YouTube videos, are all available and open for viewing by people, so do not post anything you would not want others to see.
It is also important to diary or note your injuries and symptoms as you recover. That way, you can remember what you went through if you have to look back years from now and see how you recovered, if at all, from your injuries. It is also a good idea to keep in touch with someone, whether that is a friend or neighbor or co-worker, who has witnessed your recovery as character witnesses, as they are called legally, often make good witnesses at trial.Common Rottweiler Attack Injuries
After a Rottweiler attack and dog bite, you may be understandably distraught, dealing with physical injuries, emotional trauma, to say nothing of the stress that will accompany you as you deal with your injuries. The most common injuries people suffer from a Rottweiler attack are:
- Emotional or psychological trauma
- Tingling in the affected limb
- Puncture wounds in the skin
These injuries rarely just vanish on their own. Rather, they take seeing a specialist to recover from. After being attacked, going to the emergency room immediately is the best thing you can do. The ER doctor may make a recommendation for you to see your family doctor or primary doctor. If not, you should this on your own. With serious dog bites, it can take time for the wounds to heal and for it to become clear whether additional scar revision surgeries are needed in order to treat the wounds.
Either way, seeing a scar revision specialist is needed in many cases in order to make sure the scar is healing properly and to make sure no revision surgeries are needed. If you are experiencing tingling or a feeling of numbness, again, seeing a primary doctor who can direct you to see a specialist is often needed as well.
If you’re experiencing emotional or psychological trauma from the attack, seeing the appropriate mental health specialist is also a necessity to treat your mental or emotional injuries as these may not just fade on their own.How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
In most cases, after a Rottweiler attack you will be dealing with an insurance company, normally a home owner or renter’s insurance company, for the dog’s owner. This is the company that will pay your settlement, if any, for your injuries. Sometimes these insurance companies will allege that you were somehow responsible for your own injuries by provoking the dog bite attack. Do not let them do this. The law is very clear in Washington State that strict liability applies, which means you do not have to prove anything other than the dog bite occurred. We have a long history of successfully negotiating with insurance companies for large settlements and we are confident we can do this for you too. We can obtain vet records for the dog to show when it was vaccinated, spayed, or neutered. We can also retain the appropriate expert to prove why the dog might have reacted in the way that it did and show that the aggression was related to its upbringing and training by the dog’s owners.
If we cannot successfully resolve your case with the owner’s insurance company, which we have a history of being able to do, then we will prepare your case for trial. We have a long history of successfully winning large cases at trial.
Whether your case is decided by a jury or settled prior to trial, you need to understand the categories of damages you are eligible to receive. They are:
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for past and future medical bills
- Money for lost wages and future lost wages, if applicable
- Out of pocket expenses, such as money for a brace, cast, or bandage
These damages are available to you. If you questions about how much money you may be awarded, or how the insurance company may evaluate your case, feel free to call us for a free consultation.