Attorney for Dog Bites in Oregon By Jennie L Clark
Also see Animal Bites
Fortunately, most counties and some cities have dog bite laws, such as those listed below.
Otherwise, Oregon common law must be relied upon and basically it is a one-bite-rule, meaning that the owner is considered not negligent, unless the dog has previously bitten someone.
Oregon Statutes are in constant flux. Please see general 2009 Oregon Statutes relating to dog bites.
If your county or city does not have specific dog bite laws, then we turn to the Oregon statutes.
What am I entitled to if I am bitten by a dog?
If you are bitten by a dog and the dog owner is liable under Oregon law or the law of a city or county, you are entitled to recovery of your medical bills, along with non-economic damages, which includes "pain and suffering."
If you lose work as a result of the bite, you would be entitled to a wage loss claim or possibly a lost earning capacity claim or substitute domestic services.
If any of your property damaged as a result of a dog bite, you would be entitled to recover your property damage.
Occasionally, you may even be entitled to punitive damages, which are meant to punish. In order to collect, hopefully, you were bitten by a dog whose owner has assets, such as a home.
Many homeowners have insurance policies that cover dog bites. If a homeless person's Pit Bull attacked you, it is unlikely that you will be able to collect, even if you win. A tent and a dirty sleeping bag under a bridge is not going to compensate you for your injuries.
However, some counties have a victim's assistance fund, if the district attorney's office accepts your case for criminal prosecution.
What is my claim worth?
Each case is individually evaluated. I use the following factors and possibly other factors to determine the value of your case:
Severity of the bite
Location of the bite
Permanency of the bite
Whether scar revision is possible
Amount of past medical bills
Amount of any identifiable future medical bills
Past lost wages and any future wage loss
The inability to perform any activities due to the bite
Amount of recovery time
The likelihood of collecting, even if we win.
The difficulty of collecting, even if we win.
How do I pay your legal fees?
I handle most dog-bite cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe me for my attorney fees, unless I recover money for you.
My fee percentage is lower if you forward the costs of litigation.
If a case is too risky, I may still be willing to handle it on an hourly basis.
What should you do if you are bitten by a dog?
If you are bitten by a dog:Seek appropriate medical attention.Write down a description of the dog, including the breed.
Find out the name, address and phone number of the dog owner and/or who was in control of the dog at the time of the bite.
Obtain name, address and phone number of any witnesses, along with alternate contact information. Witness include those who saw the dog bite you but also witnesses that saw the dog bite anyone else.
Take photographs of the injury.
Call me at (503) 238-1010, preferably before you give a statement to any insurance agency.
Report the incident to the animal control agency in your county and/or the police.
If the dog has previously bitten someone, I would also make a police report and ask to press charges.
Occasionally, an owner of a known dangerous dog that has bitten before is criminally prosecuted by the district attorney's office.
Multnomah County Animal Control:
Clackamas County Animal Control:
Linn County Dog Control :
Lane County Animal Control:
Marion County Dog Control :
If you live anywhere in Marion County, except in the cities of Stayton, Sublimity, and Woodburn, call Dog Control at 503-588-5366, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Deschutes County Animal Control: http://www.co.deschutes.or.us/index.cfm?objectId=6BE2727C-9027-D5E6-3D1E9264CC50E1C9
Below are the locations of the statutes of various dog bite statutes around the state.
Multnomah County Dog Bites Cities include: Fairview, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Maywood Park, Portland, Troutdale, Woodvillage
Clackamas County Dog Bites Cities include: Barlow, Canby, Damascus, Estacada, Gladstone, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Molalla, Oregon City, Portland, Rivergrove, Sandy, Tualatin, West Linn, Wilsonville
Washington County Dog Bites Cities include: Banks, Beaverton, Cornelius, Durham, Forest Grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, King City, Lake Oswego, North Plains, Portland, Rivergrove, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville
Linn County Dog Bites Cities include: Albany (also in Benton County), Brownsville, Gates, Halsey, Harrisburg, Idanha (also in Marion County), Lebanon, Lyons, Mill City, Millersburg, Scio, Sodaville, Sweet Home, Tangent, Waterloo
Lane County Dog Bites Cities include: Coburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Dunes City, Eugene, Florence, Junction City, Lowell, Oakridge, Springfield, Veneta, Westfir
Marion County Dog Bites Cities include: Aumsville, Aurora, Detroit, Donald Gates (also in Linn County), Gervais, Hubbard, Idanha (also in Linn County), Jefferson, Keizer, Mount Angel, St. Paul, Salem, Scotts Mills, Silverton, Stayton, Sublimity, Turner, Woodburn
Based out of Portland, Oregon, Jennie L. Clark, Attorney at Law, handles dog bite cases in many Oregon counties.