Winning Experience Matters
Being the victim of a dog attack or bite can be a very scary experience. These attacks often involve children which make them even more terrifying. You may have expensive medical bills, pain and psychological trauma. If you or a family member has been attacked by a dog you may be able to make a case and hold the dog owner and their insurance company responsible for your damages. You’re going to need a Portland dog bite attorney with experience handling these cases and winning at trial.
Chad Stavley has experience handling dog attack and dog bite cases. Usually these cases are covered by home owner’s insurance. Chad is skilled at getting the facts and holding the responsible party and their insurance company accountable for your damages. We have the largest dog attack verdict in recent Oregon history. Call an experienced Portland dog bite attorney for a free consultation.
An Experienced Dog Bite Attorney Can Help:
- Investigate the dog’s owner and the dog.
We’ll find out if the dog has any history of biting or aggressive behavior. If the dog has a history then the owner may be strictly liable for any damages the dog caused. Another important step is to determine whether the dog’s owner or possessor may have violated a city or county law that would make them liable for any damages the dog caused. Many counties and cities have leash laws that are designed to protect people from dog bites and attacks.
- Determine your damages and calculate the amount of compensation you deserve.
This includes medical expenses, lost wages, future medical care and compensation for any non-economic damages like scarring, pain, embarrassment and similar real losses.
- Negotiate with insurance companies.
They are determined to pay you as little as possible. Mr. Stavley is experienced in negotiating with insurance companies. He has negotiated settlements of many dog bite and attack cases.
- Take your case to trial if necessary.
If the insurance company is not willing to pay or offers too little, then Mr. Stavley is prepared to go to trial. He is one of the few lawyers in Oregon who has successfully tried a dog attack case and held a dog owner responsible for the actions of their dog.
Read more about the growing public safety threat that severe and fatal dog attacks are causing nationally at dogsbite.org. Some of the current issues addressed include people taking dangerous dogs into airports and onto airplanes as “emotional support animals.”
Understanding Oregon Dog Bite Law
- Owner Knows Dog Is Aggressive
- Dog Is At Large
- Dog With No History and Under Owner's Control