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Washington State Dog-Bite Liability and Public Parks

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 26, 2021

Seeing a dog in public can be a delightful event, but that joy can quickly turn to terror when Fido suddenly attacks you. You may have been enjoying a run or stroll in Washington Park Arboretum or Discovery Park when, without warning, you found yourself the victim of a serious dog bite. The owner may have pulled their animal off you and apologized, but that does little to cure your injuries. After seeing your medical bills, you may be worried about how to cover these costs. However, according to Washington state’s dog-bite laws, you may have more options than you think.

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Identifying and Treating Dog Bite Infections

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 4, 2020

Dog bites come with cuts, bruises, broken bones, and emotional trauma, but infections are another major risk most people forget about. As much as we love dogs, we all are aware of how filthy their mouths can be. After a dog bite, victims can suffer from a range of medical conditions and diseases caused by exposure to a dog’s saliva. It is imperative to understand the symptoms and treatments associated with dog bites in order to ensure you receive proper medical care and avoid costly injuries.

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When the Dog Attacks the Mailman

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 12, 2018

You wouldn’t think being a mailmen is inherently dangerous. But these jobs have certain risks. One of the biggest dangers? Dog bites. Dogs are very territorial and don’t like it when a stranger enters their property. This can cause them to become violent and attack mailmen or couriers who are just trying to do their jobs.

This raises the question: Can a mailman sue someone for a dog bite? Read the rest »

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Who’s Liable For a Dog Bite in Washington State?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 11, 2016

In March of 2016, the tragic news of an elderly woman who was attacked and killed by her neighbor’s dogs shocked Seattle-area residents and brought into focus the state’s dog bite laws. Fortunately, Washington State has some of the most favorable laws when it comes to the victims of dog bites.

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How to Avoid a Child Dog Attack in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 1, 2016

Of all the people who might suffer an attack from an aggressive dog, children, especially young children under the age of 10, are the most vulnerable. This is because children have a natural affinity for animals but often are not aware of the special care that must be taken when dealing with unfamiliar animals.

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Top 3 Seattle Dog Bite Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 12, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that well over 100,000 people are treated for dog bite injuries every year. Any one who’s suffered a dog bite knows that dog bites can cause serious damage and lingering physical and emotional trauma. This is especially true in young children, who are at the highest risk for a dog bite.

Here are the most common injury types that result from a dog bite:


Lacerations occur when soft tissue is torn in a dog bite. Cuts are a common type of laceration injury. In a dog bite, they typically occur when the dog’s teeth tear at the skin. A laceration may be shallow, affecting only the top layer of skin, or may break through the skin entirely and into the muscle beneath. Any laceration is likely to be contaminated with bacteria. Deep lacerations often require stitches. Read the rest »

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