If you are the innocent victim of a dog attack in Arizona, then you may be able to recover compensation. Dog bites can cause serious injuries that may even leave you with permanent damage and scarring. The Phoenix dog bite attorneys at Stone Rose Law have extensive experience helping victims who have suffered a traumatic injury. Contact us today by calling our law office at (480) 498-8998 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
Why Should You Consider Stone Rose Law?
- We offer strong legal representation for reduced fees because we understand that being able to afford an attorney should not be your primary concern at this time.
- Our services are high-quality and efficient, making the process simple for you.
- We prioritize our clients by taking a strategic approach to each case and tailoring our plan of action to meet your needs.
What Are Common Dog Bite Injuries?
The types of dog bite injuries that commonly prompt claims are:
- Deep and severe lacerations and punctures
- Fractured and crushed bones
- Muscle and nerve damage
- Cuts & bruises
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
If you were bitten by a dog and suffered from any of the injuries listed above, reach out to a Phoenix personal injury lawyer at Stone Rose Law to learn your legal options.
Dog Bite Laws in Arizona
Owners are strictly liable for dog bite injuries, under section 11-1025 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. This means that the owner is responsible for compensating the victim for any losses he or she suffers after a bite, regardless of whether the dog has shown viciousness in the past. The owner is responsible as long as the person who is injured is in a public place or lawfully in or on a private place. The two exceptions are if the injured person was trespassing or intentionally provoked the dog.
Compensation for Dog Bite Victims in Arizona
Since dog owners are strictly liable in Arizona if their pet bites someone, they are specifically responsible for paying the following damages (losses):
- Medical bills: An average insurance claim for a dog bite injury is close to $40,000. This includes on-site treatment, emergency room treatment, wound cleaning, stitches, tetanus and/or rabies shots, surgical procedures, medication to prevent infection, physical therapy, etc.
- Lost Wages: If you must miss work while you recover, you may be compensated for your lost wages.
- Diminished earning capacity: If your injury is debilitating and prevents you from returning to work or to the same line of work you were in previously, you could receive diminished earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering: If an injury causes you emotional distress, you could be compensated for your loss of enjoyment in life, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
- Loss of consortium: Spouses can recover this type of compensation for loss of companionship.
- Property damage: For example, if your clothes are ruined in the attack, or any other personal property.
Learn how much your dog bite claim is worth by speaking with a knowledgeable dog bite lawyer in Phoenix, AZ.
What to Do After a Dog Bite
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Get the name and contact information of the dog owner and any witnesses.
- Report your injury to the police.
- Request a copy of the report.
- Take photographs of the dog and the location where the injury happened.
- Take photographs of your injuries.
- Save any clothing damaged by the dog.
- Do not accept any settlement or admit fault to the owner’s insurance company.
- Speak to a dog bite injury attorney.
Contact a Phoenix Dog Bite Lawyer if You Were Bitten
After you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you can turn to us for the moral support and aggressive representation you deserve. Whether you need a dog bite attorney in Scottsdale, Chandler, or Phoenix, we’re here to help. Call Stone Rose Law at (480) 498-8998 for more information, and to schedule a free case evaluation with a qualified dog bite attorney today.