Cynthia Macklin   Attorney at Law

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You have very clear rights when you have been injured by another's dog!

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In Washington, in most cases, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for all injuries caused by their dog. This is true even when there have been no prior incidents indicating the dog may have a propensity of being dangerous; meaning that a dog owner is likely liable to the victim for full compensation even if the owner had no reason to believe their dog would ever bite someone.

The Revised Code of Washington states in pertinent part:

Dog bites — Liability.
(1) The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.

RCW 16.08.040

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Dog Bite Injuries


Injuries from dog bites can often involve disfigurement, deep tissue and muscle wounds, scaring and lacerations. Many of the injuries are very painful and can take months to heal completely. Treatment often requires many sessions of painful physical therapy and in many case, reconstructive surgery.

Injuries are not limited to broken skin, lacerations and physical pain. Most dog bite injuries are not fatal; however, they can be devastating to the victim and loved ones. The emotional trauma, not only to the victim, but also to any witnesses and loved ones, can have lasting traumatic impact as well.

Dog Bite Injuries

It is reported that every year there are more than 350,000 hospital emergency room visits by people injured from dog bites. Further, approximately 850,000 victims of dog bite injuries receive some form of medical treatment. According to the Center for Disease Control, most dog bite victims are children. It is estimated that every year in the US more than 4 million people are injured in some manner by dog bites. That is over one hundred thousand dog bite injuries per day.
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Attorney Cynthia Macklin is experienced in handling dog bite cases and is committed to helping you get your quality of life back after you have been injured by a dog bite. She will stand up to the multimillion dollar insurance companies and will work tirelessly to assure you get the compensation you deserve.

All Macklin Law personal injury claims, including dog attack /bite injury cases, are handled on a contingency fee basis, so there is no attorney fee to you unless and until, Macklin Law recovers compensation for you.Type your paragraph here.