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What to Know About Dog Bite Laws in Oregon
Many people in Oregon own a dog. In fact, in Portland there are 5.7 dog parks per every 100,000 residents. This is more per capita than any other city in America. Oregonians love their dogs. However, there are some negligent dog owners. That is why it is important to know and understand Oregon dog bite law and owner liability if you or someone you know sustains a dog bite in Oregon.
What is the “One Bite” Rule?
Oregon is one of the few states in the U.S. that honors the “one bite” rule. Under this rule, a dog owner is only held liable for the bite if they knew or should have known their dog was potentially vicious or dangerous. The term “one bite” however, can be misleading. It does not mean every dog owner is entitled to one “free” bite. Other vicious behavior can put an owner on notice that the dog poses a threat. If the dog owner had no idea the dog would bite or that it was violent, then legal responsibility may not be imposed. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in Oregon, it is important to seek the help of a dog bite injury attorney at Parke Gordon Law. Our experienced dog bite attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call our Portland law office at 971-373-4878 for a free consultation.
How are Dog Owners Liable in Oregon?
Oregon dog owners are liable if their dog bites someone if they have knowledge that their dog is potentially dangerous. Some ways owners can tell if their dog is “potentially dangerous” if it exhibits several behaviors such as the following.
- Excessive barking that is bothersome to someone while the dog is not on the owner’s property.
- Physically injuring a person such as knocking a person over or biting.
- Harming or even killing another animal while it is not on its own property.
Many dogs are more protective of their “territory.” That is why the distinction that the dog is not on its own property is important. Dogs are often trained to protect their own’s property.
When is a Dog Owner Negligent?
A negligent dog owner who is aware the dog is dangerous are to be held liable under Oregon law. If the owner has reason to believe his or her dog could be violent prior to a biting incident, the owner must be held accountable for damages. Prior to any incidents, the owner could take extra precautions to ensure the dog does not harm others. For instance, using a muzzle or a leash while in public. If the owner does not take precautions and the dog harms someone, then the owner may be held legally liable for the dog bite.
What is the Time Limit to File a Dog Bite Claim in Oregon?
Like all other personal injury claims, a dog bite claim must be made within a specified time frame for it to be valid. In Oregon, a dog bit lawsuit must be filed within two years of the injury date. Failing to bring a claim within this time frame will likely make the claim invalid.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, contact an aggressive and experienced dog bite injury attorney at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Portland, Oregon today to get started on your case. Call us now at 971-373-4878.
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