Dog Bite Attorneys in Boise
Dog bite attorneys and lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm help victims of dog bites in Boise, Idaho, and surrounding areas. Our dog bite lawyers will fight for you to obtain the highest possible settlement to fairly compensate you for injuries due to a dog bite injury. Dog owners are responsible to keep their dogs under control and to prevent their dogs from biting people.
Injuries from Dog Bites
Dog bites pierce the skin and can leave permanent scars and disfigurement. Many dog bites happen on visible places like the face, hands or arms and can cause embarrassment and humiliation to the dog bite victim. Dogs often attack children and those children suffer mental and emotional trauma following the attack. Our dog bite attorneys and lawyers in Boise will ensure that dog owners are held accountable for the injuries and damages caused by their negligence in failing to prevent their dogs from biting innocent victims.
Is an Owner Liable if Their Dog Bites a Trespasser?
For many dog owners, their dog is part of the family and also provides security to the home and family members. But what if your dog bites a trespasser? Are you still liable? Depending on the dog bite laws in your state, you could be liable for all injuries, medical bills and other losses stemming from a dog bite even if the person was trespassing on your property. As a dog owner, it is important to know and understand the dog bite laws in your state and how you can protect yourself in case your dog bites someone.
Owners of Pit Bulls Are Liable for Dog Bite Injuries
Pit bulls are considered vicious by law in some Idaho counties and cities. Meaning, an owner of a pit bull will be liable for injuries caused by the pit bull without any prior knowledge of the dog’s tendencies to injure a person.
Dog Bite Injury Laws in the State of Idaho
Idaho dog bite injury laws come from an Idaho State dog bite statute, the common law, and city dog bite ordinances.
Dogs in Idaho Do Not Receive “One Free Bite”
“Every dog gets one free bite before its owner can be held to be negligent for failing to control the dog.” The Idaho Supreme Court characterized the foregoing statement as “fallacious,” or false, and noted that a dog owner’s dog does not have a license to bite anyone even once before liability is imposed. Sharp v. W.H. Moore, Inc.
Dog Bite Statute in Idaho
The Idaho dog bite statute is found under Idaho Code § 25-2810 and provides that a dog owner is liable for the injuries caused by the owner’s dog when the dog physically attacks, wounds, bites or otherwise injures any person who is not trespassing, so long as the dog is not physically provoked.
Boise Dog Bite Injury Ordinances
If you or your child has suffered injuries due to a dog bite, the following are links to dog bite injury laws in some of the counties and cities surrounding Boise, Idaho:
Dog Bite Laws in Boise
Dog Bite Laws in Caldwell
Dog Bite Laws in Eagle
Dog Bite Laws in Garden City
Dog Bite Laws in Kuna
Dog Bite Laws in Meridian
Dog Bite Laws in Nampa
Dog Bite Laws in Ada County
Dog Bite Laws in Canyon County
Warning Signs Before a Dog Bites
Noticing warning signs before a dog bites could save you from potential scarring injuries. To protect yourself, always assume that a dog is NOT friendly and will bite. Though it may be tempting to want to pet this fluffy friend, walk away. Many dogs have been trained not to bark or growl which are the obvious signs a dog is in distress or about to bite. For this reason, you must be wary of going near strange dogs even when the owner is present. Be aware of your body language when near a dog by staying calm. The following are five common warning signs before a dog bites.
- A dog is making direct eye contact with you.
- Showing teeth.
- Ears perked.
- Low rumbling growl.
- The tail is up or even wagging stiffly. Many people believe a wagging tail means a dog is happy. Wagging really only indicates high energy.
Tips to Protect Your Kids from Dog Bites
School-age children are old enough to understand basic principles that could help to avoid a dog bite. Consider teaching the following.
- When a dog approaches you, do not run away. Running will only make the dog’s natural instincts want to chase you.
- Let a dog sniff you before you pet it.
- Do not scream or run from a dog.
- Avoid approaching unfamiliar dogs.
- Do not play with a dog without an adult around.
- If a dog is eating, sleeping or tending to puppies, leave the dog alone.
If a Dog Attacks
In the unfortunate situation, a dog attempts to bite you, protect yourself with anything possible. When the dog goes to bite, shove something in his/her mouth before they get to your arm, leg or face. If the dog does bite you avoid pulling away and try not to panic. By yanking yourself away the dog will only bite down harder and cause tearing. Try shoving something else in the dog’s mouth so they will release. This will act as a gag for the dog and they will let go. A dog’s mouth can be dirty. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, be seen by a medical professional to avoid infections. Even a minor bite could lead to many other medical issues.
Contact a Dog Bite Attorney in Boise Immediately After an Accident
Call the dog bite attorneys in Boise at Parke Gordon Law Firm now for a free consultation at (208) 322-7274. Our dog bit attorneys will fight for you or your child to get fair compensation from a negligent dog owner. Our Boise law office believes every client deserves fair representation. Let us take the stress out of your dog bite case. Waiting to report a dog bite injury hurts your case. Call (208) 322-7274 now!
Boise, Idaho Law Office
Our Boise, Idaho law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Boise, including clients injured in accidents in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and Caldwell. Visit or call our Boise office now.
1150 W State St. #300
Boise, ID 83702