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Dog Bite Accidents
LIABILITY IN DOG BITE CASES
If you have been bitten by a dog, even if you know the dog’s owner, it is important that you call a dog bite attorney in Metro Phoenix immediately to ensure that your rights are protected. Arizona has statutory strict liability law on dog bites, and the first bite counts: there is no “one free bite” for a dog. In addition, the owner of the dog is liable for damages suffered by the person bitten. It is not necessary to prove the dog was vicious or had acted viciously previously.
Most often a dog bite results in injuries to the hand, face, or neck, and can result in punctures, cuts, as well as tissue loss, fractured and even crushed bones. A dog bite victim very often will suffer psychological trauma as a result of the incident.
Dog bite accidents remain a major problem in our country. According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 4.5 million dog bites happen in the United States every year. While some of these bites only result in minor injuries, many others are extremely severe. Nearly 900,000 people are required to seek professional medical attention for dog bites annually. Dog owners have a duty to protect innocent people from the dangers posed by their animal.
At Cluff Injury Lawyers, our top-rated Phoenix dog bite lawyers are committed to fighting for the legal rights and financial interests of dog bite victims in Arizona. If you were injured by a dog in Maricopa County, please contact our personal injury team today.
Litigating as a Dog Bite Victim
DOG BITE ATTORNEY - KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR
TAKING STEPS TOWARD DOG BITE COMPENSATION
In Metro Phoenix, the owner of the dog is held liable for the dog’s actions, even if the dog was running around loose at the time of the incident. We will work tirelessly to get you fair and just compensation for your injuries, as well as pain and suffering. The initial consultation is always free.
UNDERSTANDING DOG BITE LAWS IN PHOENIX
Arizona has a special state law for handling dog bite injury claims (Arizona Revised Statutes § 11-1025). This statute imposes strict liability on dog owners. In personal injury law, strict liability refers to the imposition of legal liability without there necessarily being a finding of ‘fault’. In other words, dog bite victims do not have to prove that their injuries occurred because of the dog owner’s negligence. The state of Arizona views dogs as having an inherent potential to be dangerous. As such, dog owners must always be proactive and must take affirmative steps to protect the public from any risks that could be posed by their animal. Dog bites should never be allowed to occur.
However, it must be noted that dog owners do have legal defenses available. Specifically, dog bite victims cannot recover any financial compensation if it is determined that they ‘provoked’ the animal to attack them. Additionally, in some cases, victims who were deemed to have been ‘trespassing’ at the time of the attack are barred from recovery. If either of these is at issue in your case, you should speak to an experienced Phoenix dog bite attorney immediately.
Compensation Available for Dog Bite Injury Victims
Negligent dog owners must be held accountable for their misconduct. Under Arizona law, injured dog bite victims are entitled to seek money for the full value of their damages. If you were injured by a dog, our highly experienced Phoenix dog bite injury attorneys can help you seek compensation for:
- Your emergency medical bills;
- All other medical expenses;
- Required therapy or other mental health treatment;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering:
- Emotional trauma; and
You Can Always Afford Our Arizona Dog Bite Lawyers
Many injured victims are worried that hiring a top-quality Phoenix dog bite attorney will simply be too expensive. This is an understandable concern, but it is based on a common misconception. At Cluff Injury Lawyers, our dedicated Arizona dog bite lawyers take on all claims using contingency fee arrangements. You will pay nothing unless we win your dog bite injury case.
Contact Our Phoenix Dog Bite Injury Attorneys Today
At Cluff Injury Lawyers, our aggressive Arizona dog bite lawyers have helped many injured victims obtain fair financial compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one was injured by a dog in Maricopa County, we can help. Please contact our Phoenix office today to schedule a free, fully confidential review of your legal claim.