Tucson Dog Bite Attorney
Dog bites can cause serious injuries and psychological trauma that could affect you for years to come. These injuries can also create tremendous financial burdens for victims and their families.
If you were injured by a dog, you may have the option to pursue compensation from the negligent dog owner. At Phillips Law Group, we have helped over 155,000 injury clients obtain the compensation they needed to move forward with their lives after an accident. We have been representing injury victims in Arizona for more than 27 years.
Our Tucson dog bite lawyers offer a 100 percent free consultation with no obligation to take legal action. If you do move forward with our firm, we do not charge for our services unless we help you obtain compensation. This is because we work on a contingency fee basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win.
Do I Have a Case for Compensation?
Arizona follows a “strict liability” rule when it comes to dog bite cases. This means a dog bite victim is eligible to obtain compensation without having to provide evidence of the dog owner’s negligence. According to Arizona Law, you simply need to show the following:
- The dog bite caused you to suffer an injury.
- You were in a public area or legally present on private property when the bite occurred.
If you can prove these two factors, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for the full extent of the damages you experienced as a result of the dog bite. This may include:
- Past and current medical bills
- Lost wages from missing time from work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement or scarring
Our firm can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-706-3000.
What if I Was Attacked by a Friend’s Dog at His or Her House?
If you were invited to the house by your friend and his or her dog bit you, you may have grounds for taking legal action. You may not want to file a claim against your friend, but you may not need to. His or her homeowner’s policy may provide compensation so you may be filing an insurance claim.
However, the insurance company may look for evidence that you provoked the dog. If they can prove there was provocation, you do not have a case.
What if You Were Trespassing When the Injury Happened?
If you were trespassing and were not legally allowed on the property at the time of the dog bite injury, you may not be eligible to file a claim.
Cases involving child trespassers may be different because children often lack the knowledge and insight possessed by adults. They are not able to detect dangerous situations as well as adults can. If you can prove the owner should have known children were likely to trespass and he or she did not take reasonable steps to try and prevent it, the property owner may be held liable for a child’s dog bite injuries.
Our Tucson dog bite lawyers are here to answer your legal questions.
Is There a Time Limit to File My Case?
Dog bites are handled as personal injury claims. Under Arizona law, personal injury claims must be filed within two years from the date of the injury or discovery of injury. Failure to file within this time period may result in your claim being dismissed and you may be barred from obtaining compensation for the damages you experienced.
Each case is different and there may be certain exceptions to this deadline for your situation.
This is an issue you can ask an experienced Tucson dog bite lawyer about. Phillips Law Group: 1-800-706-3000
What is the Definition of a Dangerous Dog in Arizona?
Typically, an aggressive dog is one that has had a history of biting or attacking a person or another domestic animal when the dog was not provoked into doing so.
Arizona requires that dogs older than three months be licensed. Owners must also provide updated certificates of vaccinations by a licensed veterinarian.
What Should I Do After a Dog Attack?
After experiencing a dog bite, there are several steps you can take to ensure your safety.
- Take cover from the dog – Be sure to get away from the dog to ensure that you are not attacked again. This will give you a chance to assess the urgency of your injury.
- Seek immediate medical attention – Even if you feel that the injury is small, infection may still occur. Your doctor will also be able to provide you with important documentation that can help build your case.
- Report the dog to officials – Under Arizona law, you must immediately report dangerous animals to county law enforcement officials or by calling your local Animal Control center.
- Gather witness statements – If anyone was present at the time of the attack, be sure to collect their statements and contact information.
- Take photos – Photographs can be used as evidence. Take pictures of the dog, the area where you were attacked and your injuries.
- Keep track of medical bills – It is important to keep track of your medical receipts relating to the care you received after the injury. This will help support the value of your claim.
At Phillips Law Group, if we determine that you have a valid case, we are prepared to investigate the accident on your behalf.
Reach Out to Our Tucson Dog Bite Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation Today
If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog, it is important that you review possible legal options.
At Phillips Law Group, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation. You can contact us by phone, online or by visiting our office located at One South Church Avenue, a short drive from the Old Pima County Courthouse.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees for you to worry about. We only receive payment from you if we are successful obtaining compensation for your case.
Learn more by calling 1-800-706-3000 today.