Learn All About Oregon Dog Bite Laws

June 19, 2023
Dog Grinning His Teeth

If you or a loved one is dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite, the legal team at Pro Accident Lawyers in Portland, Oregon is ready to help you fight for your rights and for the compensation you deserve. Oregon laws regarding dogs and dog bites are based on statutes and common law. This means that dog owners are liable for any medical expenses and other economic damages incurred by the victim of the dog bite in cases when they did not use reasonable care to control or confine their animals. This law is sometimes referred to as the “One Bite Rule.”

Understanding the “One Bite Rule” in Oregon

When it comes to domestic animals, the State of Oregon follows a strict liability rule. This means that any dog owner in the state who is aware or suspects that their animal is “abnormally dangerous” will be considered liable when they hurt someone. This is defined as the “One Bite Rule.”

This rule also refers to the fact that once your pet has attacked someone, you are presumed to know that your dog is, in-fact abnormally dangerous. In other cases, by the simple fact that the dog is of a certain breed, it will immediately be classified as abnormally dangerous. This is the case with breeds such as Rottweilers or Pit Bulls, which by the way, are two of the deadliest dog breeds in the entire country.

For these purposes, you cannot hide behind the argument that “you had no inkling” that your dog might be aggressive and able to bite someone. As a responsible owner, you are expected to either keep your pet away from other people or always make sure it has a leash that is under your control when you are out and about.

What Happens in Cases When the Bite Comes from a Dog That Would Not Normally Be Classified as “Abnormally Dangerous?

Dogs can be unpredictable creatures and may bite when you least expect them to, even if they have been well-behaved and friendly up to that point. If you have been bitten by a dog that fits this description, you may still be able to prove that the dog’s owner or possessor was negligent.

To be successful, you must show that the dog’s handler at the time you were bitten knew or should have known that their animal would injure you. This means that they failed to control or confine their dog, thus failing to use reasonable care toward you.

In cases in which the owner of the dog lets them be “at large” in violation of the rules, their actions would be defined by law as “negligence per se,” which means that the dog owner was negligent, therefore being liable for your medical bills and other expenses you might have incurred while taking care of your injury. You may also receive an amount to cover items such as your pain and suffering or PTSD, or any other intangible feeling you may be experiencing as a result of the trauma the dog inflicted on you. It would be up to the dog’s handler or owner to prove that they were indeed acting with reasonable care when the incident took place.

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Regulations For Dogs “At Large”

In Oregon, many municipalities and cities have their own regulations that define how dog owners are expected to take care of their animals in order for the pets to be considered as being “at large.”

This is a tough point to prove since many cities, counties, and other municipalities frequently have differing definitions of precisely what being at large means. In some cases, a dog is defined as being at large when they are not leashed, bridled, or confined within a vehicle. In others, the dog would not be considered to be “at large” at any point in which they are under the full control of their owners or another capable individual. This is held to be true even in cases where the animal is clearly not leashed, bridled, or otherwise confined.

Because of these slight variations in municipal dog bite codes, if you or a loved one have sustained an injury due to a dog bite, it is urgent that you reach out to a dog bite attorney from the Pro Accident Lawyers group in Portland, Oregon.

Your health is too important for you not to be able to focus exclusively on your recovery. You need to put your case in the hands of legal experts who understand the nuances of Oregon’s dog bite laws and who have the legal knowledge to defend you to get the compensation you deserve to cover your injuries and losses.

Work With Pro Accident Lawyers

If you are stressed by the amount of time you need to devote to recovering your health, trying to find the energy and concentration to deal with the legal side of your case can feel utterly overwhelming. Do not postpone a call to Pro Accident Lawyers because you are concerned about our legal fees.

When it comes to dog bite cases, we work on a contingency basis. This means that there will not be any out-of-pocket costs to you and that we will not get paid until you do. Start by scheduling a complimentary initial consultation to meet with our legal team.

We are standing by to listen to your story and understand the facts of the incident that left you injured. Once we hear your story, we will start gathering all available evidence to build a strong case for your defense and contact the parties involved, including their insurance company. We have the legal knowledge and negotiating skills you need at this time and will fight for you and for the compensation to which you are entitled.

You may have questions or concerns regarding your Oregon dog bite case. Let us help you understand your legal options and help you have the time you need to concentrate on your recovery. Call us today.


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