Dog Attacks in Washington, D.C. | What You Should Know

Dogs are often called “Man’s best friend,” but our furry companions are not always so friendly. When dogs attack, they can inflict serious injuries to innocent passersby. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers to learn what you should know about dog attacks in Washington, D.C.

Can you sue for dog attacks in Washington, D.C.?

Yes, you can sue for a dog bite in Washington, D.C. If you were bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog in Washington, D.C., you can file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner regardless of whether the dog was at large at the time of the incident. You can do so under the “one bite rule.” Under this rule, if the dog’s owner knew or reasonably should have known that the dog had prior vicious propensity, he or she can be held liable. To prove your case, you should also prove that you did not provoke the dog and had a right to be in the location where you incurred the injury.

What injuries might you sustain from dog attacks in Washington, D.C.?

Dog attacks can lead to many types of different injuries and can vary in levels of severity. Nonetheless, some of the most common dog bite injuries include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries
  • Scars
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Face injuries

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, you would be well advised to reach out to one of our skilled Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys to discuss your next steps.

What can a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer do for you?

First and foremost, a qualified legal professional will help collect, collate and present the necessary evidence in court. He or she will work to hold the responsible parties accountable, preferably without requiring you to step foot in court. If he or she can’t settle your case outside of court, he or she will help find the right venue for your trial. A seasoned legal representative will fight for both economic and non-economic damages, including, but not limited to, medical costs, lost wages due to time out of work, pain and suffering, emotional distress and punitive damages. The latter is rarely awarded, but your lawyer will argue for them anyway because it is important that the defendant or defendants are never responsible for another dog attack. Let us fight for you. Please give us a call today.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.