Glendale Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog attacks often result in serious damage, disfigurement and emotional trauma. If you were attacked by a dog, it is important that you immediately seek medical and legal assistance.
If you have a dog bite case, our firm is prepared to help you pursue compensation. For more than 27 years, founder Jeffrey Phillips and the associates of Phillips Law group have helped more than 155,000 clients recover injury compensation - more than $750 million in compensation.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your claim and advise you if you have a case. There is no obligation to take legal action and we do not get paid for our legal services unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
Give us a call at 1-800-706-3000 or contact us online.
Dog Bite Laws in Arizona
Arizona is a “strict liability” dog bite state, meaning dog bite victims can obtain compensation without having to present evidence of any negligence on the dog owner’s part. According to §11-1025 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, you must be able to show:
- You were injured by a dog bite
- You were in a public place or lawfully in a private place when the bite occurred
If you can establish these elements, you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation for the full extent of damages you suffered because of the dog bite, which could include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement damages
To determine if you have a claim under Arizona’s strict liability law, give us a call at 1-800-706-3000.
Do I Have a Case If I Was Bitten While Visiting a Friend?
As noted above, if you were lawfully on private property and a dog bit you there, you can make a claim for the damages that you suffered. So, if your friend or family member invited you over and their dog bit you, you may have a viable claim under Arizona’s strict liability dog bite law. However, it is important to note that if you provoked the dog, the dog owner can raise this issue as a defense.
Typically, you would file a claim with the homeowner’s insurance policy for compensation. An experienced Glendale, Arizona dog bite lawyer can assist you with this process by providing the necessary documentation to the claims adjuster and handling communication with the insurance company.
Our Glendale dog bite lawyers are here to help.
Dog Bites While Trespassing
To qualify for compensation under the strict liability law, you must have been on the property lawfully. Therefore, if you were trespassing at the time of the injury, the dog owner might not be liable for the damages that resulted. To receive damages in this type of situation, you would need to show that the dog owner was negligent.
Child trespassers are often treated differently because they lack the knowledge and insight of adults. They sometimes are not able to detect danger in the same way that adults can. If the property owner knew that children were likely to trespass, a child trespassed and was injured on the property, the property owner might be held liable for the damages.
Because each claim is different, it is important to talk through the specific circumstances involved with a trusted Glendale dog bite lawyer. Contact Phillips Law Group today to find out more. 1-800-706-3000
Deadlines for Filing an Injury Claim
Arizona’s statute of limitations for most personal injury cases, including dog bite claims, is two years (Arizona Revised Statutes 12-542). So, in most cases, you will have only two years to file your dog bite claim. If you let this deadline pass, you will likely be barred from filing a claim.
However, there are some exceptions to this deadline that give you more or less time to file a claim, such as claims filed by minors.
This is a complicated aspect of the legal process, so it is important to contact our knowledgeable Glendale dog bite injury lawyers to determine what deadlines may apply to your claim.
What to Do After a Dog Bite?
If you are bitten by a dog, it is important that you act quickly. Infection is common after these dog bites, and you may not be familiar with the dog that bit you. You should seek immediate medical attention so your injuries can be promptly treated. Try to get confirmation from the dog owner if the dog is current on his vaccinations.
You should also call the police to report the incident so that it is documented. The police may be able to conduct an investigation, determine who the dog owner is and take follow-up action.
If you are able, take the following steps to protect your claim:
- Contact Animal Control – Animal Control may need to quarantine the dog.
- Take pictures – It can often be months before your claim is settled or taken to court, so it is important to show the jury the seriousness of the attack. Take pictures at each stage of your injury and as you heal.
- Talk to eyewitnesses – Get contact details from any of the neighbors or other individuals who witnessed the attack. Your personal injury lawyer may need to contact them later to find out how the attack occurred and what they know about the dog.
Then, contact our experienced Glendale dog bite lawyers to schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options for pursuing compensation. We are prepared to determine if you may have a valid case. We want you to have the most up-to-date information you need to make a decision about taking legal action.
Contact Our Glendale Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Today
Dog bites can lead to serious injuries and complications. Contacting a lawyer can be an important part of the recovery process. If you decide to pursue legal action, our lawyers can quickly get to work on your claim so you can focus on your recovery.
Founder Jeffrey Phillips is a member of the National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100. He has obtained verdicts in several Arizona counties, including Maricopa, Pima and Pinal.
Our law firm charges no upfront fees to injury clients and we offer a free consultation in which you can discuss your claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our firm can be reached 24/7.
Call us at 1-800-706-3000 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.