Dog bite injuries are often severe, and it is not uncommon for a dog bite victim to suffer from long-lasting scarring and disfigurement. If you’ve been attacked, reach out to the Gilbert dog bite attorneys at Stone Rose Law. Our team has decades of experience representing injury victims throughout Arizona, and we know what it takes to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers in order to obtain full compensation for our clients.
The role of a dog bite attorney in Gilbert, Arizona, is going to be multifaceted. Because of the dog bite laws in Arizona, these cases are often resolved through settlements with insurance companies. That means that your attorney will be tasked with negotiating with aggressive insurance claims adjusters to ensure that you receive adequate compensation.
To do this, a Gilbert personal injury attorney will conduct a complete investigation into the case and gather all evidence needed to prove liability. This will include obtaining:
Dog bite victims should file a claim against the dog owner’s insurance carrier as soon as possible. You should try to submit your claim within one or two days of the attack occurring. However, if the insurance carrier refuses to offer a fair settlement or denies the claim, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation.
In that case, victims need to know that the Arizona personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurs. This gives dog bite victims a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the insurance carrier or the dog owner.
Arizona operates as a “strict liability” dog bite state. This means that dog owners can be held liable for any injuries inflicted by a bite so long as the injury victim was in a public location or lawfully in a private place when the bite occurred. This differs from other states where the dog has to have a history of aggression or a history of at least one bite before the owner can be held liable. However, if the dog bite victim provoked the dog or was trespassing when the incident occurred, they may not be able to recover compensation for their injuries.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured by a dog bite in Gilbert or in the surrounding areas, turn to the team at Stone Rose Law as soon as possible. Even if you are certain that your claim will be handled adequately through an insurance carrier, let us take a look at your case to determine whether or not you are being treated fairly by all parties involved.
Our team will ensure that you are compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Gilbert, Chandler, or Scottsdale dog bite attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 480-498-8998.