Washington State Dog Bite Law
In the State of Washington there are many strict laws related to dogs put into effect in an effort to prevent injuries and keep people safe from dog attacks in Washington. Some of these laws are in regards to dog attacks and types of dogs, while others involve non-injury related matters. For example, a dog may be confiscated from the owner if the owner does not have liability insurance coverage required under RCW 16.08.080, or if the dog is not validly registered.
Revised Code of Washington RCW 16.08.040 states that “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.”
Washington State has its own definitions of what the State considers to be a “potentially dangerous dog” and a “dangerous dog.”
In Washington, RCW 16.08.070 defines “potentially dangerous dog” as “any dog that when unprovoked: (a) Inflicts bites on a human or a domestic animal either on public or private property, or (b) chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, or any dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury, or to cause injury or otherwise to threaten the safety of humans or domestic animals.”
According to RCW 16.08.070 “dangerous dog” means “any dog that (a) inflicts severe injury on a human being without provocation on public or private property, (b) kills a domestic animal without provocation while the dog is off the owner’s property, or (c) has been previously found to be potentially dangerous because of injury inflicted on a human, the owner having received notice of such and the dog again aggressively bites, attacks, or endangers the safety of humans.”
In Washington, according to RCW 16.08.100 (3) the owner of a dog which aggressively attacks a person, and causes serious injury or death will face felony charges, whether or not the dog has been declared dangerous or potentially dangerous.
These are just a few of the many dog laws which are enacted in Washington. If you have been the victim of a Seattle dog attack, please contact Bernard Law Group immediately. Our Washington dog bite lawyers have extensive knowledge, in these and all other Washington dog laws. We have successfully represented many serious injury victims, including a dog bite victim for whom we recovered a $100,000.00 settlement.