Dog Bite Injury Lawyers in Phoenix
Holding Pet Owners Responsible for Your Injuries
Although dogs are often described as “man’s best friend,” getting bitten by an unfriendly dog can be a dangerous, traumatic, and life-threatening experience. Dog bites also happen far more often than you may realize: According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year in the United States. It’s also estimated that over 800,000 of these dog bites require emergency medical attention.
If you or your loved one were attacked by a dangerous animal, you can hold the dog’s owner legally responsible for your medical expenses and other needs. At MayesTelles PLLC, our dog bite injury attorneys can assist you with filing a claim in Phoenix. With over 100 years of combined legal experience and AV Preeminent™ ratings on Martindale-Hubbell®, our experienced team will strive to secure maximum compensation for your losses.
Call (602) 428-7104 to get started with a free consultation. We’re available 24/7 for inquiries.
Why Do Dogs Attack People?
Even the most gentle and non-threatening dogs can bite people in the right situation, as this is a common defense mechanism among animals. While some dogs have a clear history of aggressive behavior, the majority of dogs who bite are simply reacting to stress, abuse, and other external factors. It’s also common for dogs to bite when they are sick, injured, or overly excited. Although anyone can become a dog bite victim, children are more vulnerable to dog attacks than other age groups.
Under Arizona Revised Statute §11-1025, dog bites are a matter of “strict liability.” This means you do not need to prove that the dog has a history of violence and aggression to receive damages for a dog bite. As long as you can demonstrate that the bite took place – and that you did not trespass on the owner’s property or intentionally provoke the animal – you will likely be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Depending on the severity of your dog bite, you may need immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency room or urgent care center. Even if you don’t visit your local urgent care, however, it’s important to make sure that the wound is properly cleaned and disinfected after the bite. Infection is one of the most serious complications associated with a dog bite, as the bacteria from a canine’s mouth can spread quickly through the bloodstream.
Here are a few of the most common dog bite injuries:
- Staphylococcus or “staph” infections
- MRSA virus infections
- Rabies infections
- Broken bones
- Permanent nerve or muscle tissue damage
- Bruising and swelling
- Disfigurement and scarring
What Damages Can I Receive for a Dog Bite?
From lasting emotional distress to expensive hospital stays, the after-effects of a dog bite can be devastating for victims. Because of Arizona’s strict liability laws, you do not need to show that the owner abused the animal or failed to protect you in order to receive damages. In most cases, you can seek compensation through the homeowner’s insurance provider for the party responsible. You can also file a personal injury claim against the owner.
Of course, it’s important to note that there is only a one-year statute of limitations for dog bite injury claims. To ensure that your claim is filed on time and in the right channels, consider hiring a skilled personal injury lawyer for your case. At MayesTelles PLLC, we’ve successfully represented many dog bite victims in Phoenix and can provide the thoughtful and compassionate counsel that you deserve.
Our team is ready to advocate for your needs. Give us a call at (602) 428-7104 to discuss your claim.