Peoria Dog Bite Attorneys
In less than a few minutes, a dangerous dog can cause severe physical harm requiring extensive - and costly - medical care. In addition to a lengthy recovery time, traumatized dog bite victims often suffer ongoing mental anguish and may not know where to turn for help.
If you or a loved one sustained serious injuries in an unprovoked dog bite attack in Maricopa or Yavapai County, Phillips Law Group is prepared to help. Our experienced Peoria dog bite attorneys have helped hundreds of thousands of victims in Arizona, recovering more than $750 million in compensation for almost 30 years. Founder and award-winning partner, Jeffrey Phillips, has personally obtained verdicts for clients as lead counsel in more than 40 jury trials throughout the state.
Contact us to learn more about the free legal consultation we offer. If you have a dog bite case, there are no upfront fees to retain our services. We only get paid if we are successful in obtaining compensation for you.
Call today at 1-800-706-3000 or reach out online.
Is My Dog Bite Claim Eligible For Compensation?
Arizona Revised Statute §11-1025 includes strict liability laws that permit victims of an unprovoked dog bite attack to recover compensation for injuries without having to prove that a dog owner was negligent. However, other factors will need to be considered to be eligible, such as whether you had a legal right to be on the premises when you were attacked.
If you were bitten while trespassing on private property, then you will probably not be able to pursue any damages. If you were either an invited guest or in a public area, and you did not provoke the attack, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
Child trespassers, who may have been unaware that they were on private property, may be granted special consideration. One of our qualified attorneys may be able to determine whether you may have a valid claim.
Contact our office day or night to schedule a free consultation: 1-800-706-3000
What Damages Can I Pursue in a Dog Bite Case?
Every dog bite case is different, so the amount and types of damages you may qualify for will depend on the unique circumstances of your attack, as well as the extent of your injuries.
It is important to note that Arizona categorizes dog bites as a personal injury, so there are no set caps on damages if you have a case. Damages, in general, fall into two categories:
- Economic damages – These are easily quantifiable damages that are the direct result of the injuries you sustained, such as the costs of related medical treatments and recovery of lost wages if you were unable to work while your wounds were healing.
- Non-economic damages – Less tangible damages that are not easily calculated by a concrete value may also be awarded and could include pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring or disfigurement, loss of consortium or loss of enjoyment of life.
How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim?
Arizona has a statute of limitations, or filing deadline, that provides victims two years from the date of the accident to file a damages claim. However, there are several exceptions to that general rule that may require victims to file significantly sooner.
We strongly recommend that you do not delay seeking legal advice if you are considering taking legal action following a dog bite injury. If you miss the deadline, the court will likely dismiss any attempts to file, and you will be unable to pursue any compensation for your injuries.
Let our firm determine your statute of limitations in a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
Benefits of Hiring a Dog Bite Lawyer
Hiring a lawyer to manage your dog bite claim can provide many benefits. From investigating the accident and gathering evidence, to handling all communications and providing an accurate value for your claim, a dog bite lawyer could aggressively protect your legal rights and best interests so you can focus on your recovery.
At Phillips Law Group, our knowledgeable lawyers handle these types of injury cases every day, so you can rest assured that your claim is in good hands. If we represent you, we charge no upfront fees. We collect payment only if we recover compensation for you.
Our Peoria dog bite attorneys are ready to provide answers to your legal questions: 1-800-706-3000.
How Does Arizona Define A Dog As Dangerous?
Arizona does not ban or consider any specific breed of dogs as high-risk. However, state law does define a dog as dangerous if it has previously attacked or bitten a person or domestic animal without provocation.
Additionally, every dog in the state that is over the age of three months must be licensed as well as a have a certificate bearing proof of up-to-date vaccinations signed by an accredited veterinarian.
Dogs that have previously bitten should already be on record. If the attacking dog is not documented, it will be placed into quarantine for 10 full days from the date of the attack. If the exact date is not known, then it will be confined for 10 days from when it is first discovered.
Important Steps Following A Dog Attack
Dog attacks can quickly cause a lot of physical and emotional damage to a victim. If you are ever confronted with an aggressive dog, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your potential claim.
- Move to a safe place – Trying to fight back may only result in making the dog more irritated. Putting space between you and the dog as quickly as possible is imperative.
- Get professional medical care – It is important to seek medical treatment immediately because even small wounds from a dog can cause a serious infection. Getting treated by a doctor also establishes a medical record of your injury, which is helpful if your injuries are severe enough to pursue a claim.
- Report the attack – In Arizona, dog bites must be reported by anyone who has direct information about an attack. You can either report it to local law enforcement or Peoria Animal Control.
- Obtain witness contact information – If you are able to do so safely, get contact information from any witnesses at the scene.
- Take photos – If possible, document your injuries, from when they first occurred and throughout the healing process.
- Keep medical receipts – Maintain an accurate record of all the medical bills you have incurred - including any related surgical interventions or physical therapy. This information can also be useful if you pursue a claim for damages.
- Contact a dog bite lawyer – The costs from a single dog bite can quickly mount, so we recommend that you contact a knowledgeable lawyer to determine whether you may have grounds to file a claim.
Contact a Peoria Dog Bite Attorney Today
The legal team at Phillips Law Group has been helping injury victims get the compensation they need for nearly 30 years. We have the knowledge and resources to build a strong case on your behalf and have a proven record of success recovering hundreds of millions in compensation for our clients.
Since we take dog bite cases on contingency, we charge no money upfront. We only collect if we obtain compensation for your injuries.
Free consultation. No upfront fees. Call today: 1-800-706-3000.