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Did you know that approximately one in three American households own at least one dog? Dogs can make the most wonderful companions, but they are still animals and may attack if they are improperly trained or act out of instinct. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year, and about 800,000 of these require medical attention. Children and the elderly are at particular risk in dog attacks. Children between the ages of 4 and 9 are among the most common victims of dog attacks.
As Phoenix dog bite attorneys, we at Maria Jones Law Firm are committed to helping victims and families across Arizona seek justice after dog attacks. We have seen just how serious dog bite injuries can be, and we believe in providing the level of legal counsel that will help victims begin to put the pieces of their lives back together. We cannot go back and prevent the attack from occurring in the first place, but we can help you work toward a brighter future.
Contact us online or call (602) 603-4032 to arrange a free consultation and review of your dog bite claim. We have offices in Phoenix and Tucson and represent clients across the state.
The Dangers of Dock Attacks in Arizona
While dogs are common pets in American homes and often friendly, they can also be dangerous at times. Even seemingly small dogs can cause serious bodily injuries due to their sharp teeth. Large dogs can cause severe injuries – the results can be catastrophic.
Here is a list of the most common injuries that victims of dog attacks suffer –
- Deep cuts on the skin
- Muscle damage
- Tendon damage
- Neck damage
- Bone damage
- Brain trauma
Many victims of dog attacks in Arizona also suffer emotional trauma. Children in particular may develop a fear for dogs and other pets for the rest of their lives. Therapy can sure help, but you will have to file a claim early on to recover enough compensation to cover the injuries.
In the case of small bites, doctors can quickly dress up small wounds and apply stitches, if required. They may also prescribe some medication to ward off infections. Major dog attack episodes may involve serious injuries described above. For many people, getting a loved one treated for these health conditions can result in a financial crisis. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a word with an experienced and compassionate Phoenix personal injury lawyer when you or a loved one experiences a dog attack.
At times, even seemingly minor dog bites can later cause infection if bacteria, virus, or parasites from attacking dog’s mouth are transmitted into the wound. So, it is advisable to immediately consult a qualified doctor and get a full medical review done.
When you experience a dog attack in a public or private place without any provocation and you are present there lawfully, you may have a valid dog bite injury claim. The owner of the dog can be held liable for the damages caused by dog bites. As per Arizona law, it does not matter if the owner of the dog knew of the previous violent behavior of the dog or the dog ever attacked anyone earlier.
Phoenix dog bite attorneys can help file claims that cover damages such as –
- Medical expenses (past & future); medical bills of tests, surgery, therapy, assistive equipment, etc. may be covered
- Loss of income (can include lost wages and loss of future income)
- Physical Pain
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of career opportunities
In order to recover both economic & noneconomic damages from the at-fault party, Phoenix dog bite attorneys gather evidence to establish liability and thoroughly catalog your financial & emotional costs.
While bills, invoices, receipts, transactions, etc. can help estimate the economic cost of a dog attack, quantifying pain & suffering is often difficult. A medical review by specialists can help. The victim of a dog attack can also keep a journal, describing how much pain they felt, the difficulty they faced in performing daily tasks, and their emotional state.
Need Help Pursue Dog Bite Claims in Arizona? Contact the Best Phoenix Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, it is important to know your rights and how Arizona’s dog bite laws will apply. In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes § 11-1025, dog owners are held strictly liable for injuries their animals inflict, unless the dog was provoked and attacked as a result. This means that they are responsible for your damages without you having to prove fault. There is a one-year statute of limitations on dog bite claims in Arizona, making it important to move quickly if you have been attacked.
For more information, call (602) 603-4032. Our Phoenix dog bite lawyers are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you.