Yakima, WA asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Washington

Q: I was bit by a customers dog while delivering a food order. It's my gf's delivery account. Can I seek damages??

I could not just leave the order at the door because I needed a code from customer to finalize order. When she opened her door the big German shepherd got past her and circled around me and got between me and the gate and lunged and bit me below the kneecap. Police report was filed and I went to urgent care. I was already given case number.

1 Lawyer Answer
Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak
  • Tukwila, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: You can absolutely seek damages in Washington. Washington is a strict liability state. The entire case hinges on whether that person has renter's or homeowner's insurance. There may be a speedbump because it was you and not your GF who made the delivery, but your attorney (and you should call one to maximize your recovery) should be able to iron that out.

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