Portland Dog Bite Attorney

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Portland dog bite attorney Chad Stavley

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.


    Keep Informed

    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

Owner Knows Dog Is Aggressive

The owner is strictly liable. Even if the owner is very cautious, they remain responsible for the acts of their dog. An exception is if attack is on owner’s property and the victim is trespassing.

Dog Is At Large

In many cities and counties the owner is responsible for their dog if it harms someone while in public and not under control by the owner. Each city and county has it’s own animal control code to address this situation.

Dog With No History and Under Owner's Control

Under this circumstance it is unlikely that the owner will be completely liable for their dog’s actions. ORS 31.360 allows for economic damages even when the attack was not foreseeable. Non-economic damages under these circumstances would require evidence that the attack was foreseeable.
Russell Charley
21:18 15 Nov 17
I have to thank Chad for his time and compassion when working with my Mom and l. When I initially called Chad I was full of fear and anger about the wreck and how my civil case was being handled. My former attorney had just notified me, by mail, that he couldn’t do anything for me, and to come pick up the paperwork. Chad listened and talked with Me. Giving him hope and a path forward. This is what I needed at this very low point in my life. Chad met with Mom and I in person, later emailing us detailed instructions. Which we followed. He provided support and was available when we got stuck and had questions. Chad’s help and support have been invaluable to our family. And has help put closure to this catastrophic event in my life. I high recommend Chad.read more
Trudy Corrigan
16:29 25 Oct 17
Chad helped us walk the difficult path of victims of a violent crime. He was experienced and reassuring through tough times.
James N
22:11 14 Jun 17
Chad is the real deal, truly out to help the less powerful and not in it just for a paycheck. Heres proof: I called him because my insurance adjuster was BS'ing me around with medical coverage, telling me I wasn't eligible. Chad went out of his way to three way call my insurance company with me, talk to the adjuster, and voila! Now i have medical coverage and I can get my back fixed. The best part? He didn't charge me a dime! He did it out of the kindness of his heart for somebody of lower status. Call it 100% magnanimous. If you're looking for a personal injury attorney, Mr. Stavley is your guy. read more
Abby K
14:52 31 Mar 17
Chad and his staff were extremely helpful with my case. I contacted his office after being injured in a car accident and he was able to produce a very nice outcome. He and Stephanie were always available and responded quickly to any questions or help needed in a friendly way. I highly recommend him!read more
Milton Pareta
05:16 17 Nov 16
I was in a major car accident in Eugene, Oregon back in June 2015. Resulting in numerous of injuries. Hospitalized for a couple of weeks and rehabbing for a couple of months after that. I was referred to Chad and he even came out to see me in Eugene from Portland. Our first discussion wasn't about any legal actions but how I was healing from the accident. Chad actually cares about his clients and will make sure you're taken cared off. He makes sure he is prepared for his cases and always is in communication with me. He even calls to see how I am doing or if I needed anything. He made my lawsuit really easy to handle. He will give you the best result one can ask for. Very easy and cool to work with. He will make sure that you are taken cared off. I highly recommend Chad Stavley for any personal injury case. You will be very pleased from the results.read more
00:04 01 Aug 18
After being rear ended by an impaired driver that left the scene, I contacted Chad Stavley because of his reputation for doing the right thing for the right reasons when he was a Deputy District Attorney with Multnomah County. Not only did he make the personal injury and damage portion of the collision simple, Chad also very quickly understood that I hoped for an outcome that was fair and reasonable for the person that hit me. Because of his prior experience and background, he was able to easily navigate the criminal aspect of this case with a resolution that held the driver accountable in a meaningful way, made me feel as if my input truly mattered, and most importantly, identified and acknowledged community stakeholders affected by impaired drivers. I cannot imagine navigating this sometimes very unpleasant process with another attorney. It is Chad's integrity and sincere compassion that guided and positively impacted this process for me and everyone else involved. I will recommend Chad Stavley to everyone I know.read more
Ying Zhang
03:10 30 Jul 18
I sought out Chad after a personal injury and he was extremely helpful in helping me understand my rights and advocate my case. He was always very professional and supportive throughout this difficult time. I am extremely happy with the outcome of my case and was also able to receive much needed closure after my accident. I highly recommend Chad!read more
Kyle Turner
01:07 22 Aug 18
Chad took my case after I was in a severe car accident in which an impaired driver with no insurance was at fault. After a year of Chad working on my case, he was able to not only significantly reduce my medical bills, but as a result, was able to get some settlementment money for me. He was always great about staying in contact and I never felt rushed. Chad took the time to explain the case clearly and was even complimented by the D.A. office handling the criminal side of the accident. After everything was settled, he waived his fees, leaving me with a bit more money than I had originally thought.read more
Mackenzie Andrews
05:36 01 May 18
I was in an auto accident right after I turned 18. After a year of battling my case by myself I decided to finally look for legal help. I met with a few other attorneys before meeting Chad. Chad was understanding of my situation. I felt at ease signing over the case to him knowing everything was in good hands. I will be recommending him to all family and friends.read more
QB Oregon
22:49 28 Aug 18
Chad is a great guy to work with, very down to earth and easy to talk to. He worked with me on the wrongful death case of my husband, and I couldn't be happier with his quick responses and approach. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants an attorney that is knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile for his clients.read more
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