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Washington Dog Bite Laws

By April 20, 2015February 9th, 2017Animal Attacks

In the state of Washington, statute holds the owner of a dog that bites liable for any damages. In minor cases, injuries inflicted by dog bites may be handled through insurance, but when a dog does considerable physical or emotional harm, legal action is often the best approach.

If you or someone you love is in need of a dog bite attorney in Seattle, Tacoma, or surrounding areas, please call Stephen Hornbuckle at (425) 679-0742 to schedule a free consultation today.


Scienter is the legal term that refers to knowledge or intent of wrongdoing. In the state of Washington, this term is applied to owners or harbors of dogs who “know or reasonably should know” of the dangers posed by an animal predisposed to attack. This means that owners can be held liable for damages regardless of situational negligence.

Prior knowledge of the dangers posed by an animal is not necessary for victims of dog bites to seek compensation. However, fair compensation commonly requires the assistance of an experienced and dedicated dog bite attorney.

To schedule a free consultation with Seattle dog bite attorney Stephen Hornbuckle, please contact us today. Attorney Hornbuckle helps victims of dog bites in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, and all surrounding Washington communities.

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