Dog Bite Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona
A dog bite injury can be caused by dangerous dogs, dogs that have been mistreated and abused, or dogs trained to injure another person. Despite the reason why a dog might have attacked, the owner of the dog should be held accountable for any injuries that were incurred by the dog attack. Unfortunately, these accidents can potentially cause a person pain, suffering, and/or permanent emotional and physical damage.
Dog Bite Responsibility
According to Arizona law, the dog owner is responsible for the dog bite. This holds true whether the dog attack occurred on the dog owner's property or not. In Phoenix and throughout Arizona, the dog owner is required to take certain precautions in restraining his or her dog. These restraints include leashes, fencing and borders around the owner's yard, or sometimes cages if the dog is out in public. In the end, no matter how many precautions may have been taken to ensure the safety of those around a dog, a dog attack may still occur.
Dog Bites and Rabies
These dog attacks can be severely traumatic to the dog bite victim. Although it is quite rare that a dog infected with rabies attacks a person, it can be one of the unhealthiest of dog bites. If a person has been bitten by a dog with rabies, that person will have to receive seven rabies shots in order to avoid being infected with rabies. This, of course, can cause an increase in medical bills.
Consequences of a Dog Bite
A dog attack can also severely puncture a person's skin. After a person has been bitten by a dog, the punctured skin can leave permanent disfigurements, damage to tissues and nerves, scarring, and/or infections. In more severe cases, these dog bite wounds and infections can possibly cause death. Unfortunately, these dog bites can not only alter a person physically, they can alter a person emotionally. After being attacked by a dog, a person may experience nightmares or feelings of anxiety and fear around other dogs.
Claims Involving Minor Children
When a minor (someone under 18 years of age) has a personal injury claim, in many cases, there is an extra set of procedures that apply to protect the interests of the minor. Specifically, the minor, usually through their attorney, will petition the probate court for approval of the minor settlement. This includes the amount of the settlement, the medical expenses to be paid from the settlement, the attorney's fees and costs, and the net settlement for the minor claimant. A m ore detailed explanation of this process is explained on our Minor Child Injury Pages.
We are able to resolve the overwhelming majority of our cases relatively promptly and without ever having to go to court. However, there are a number of reasons why we would recommend litigation to our clients. When that occurs, our office will thoroughly explain the litigation process, including the risks, benefits, and how it relates to your case before we file litigation. For more detailed information, please review our Litigation Process Pages.
If caution and various restraints are not heeded by a dog owner, then a dog bite injury or death will likely ensue. Such dog bite injuries can be facilitated by, but are not limited to, negligence, inattentiveness, or a conscious violation of Arizona law safety codes and standards. Regrettably, these actions may cause bodily scarring, damaged tissues and nerves, unwanted infections, or, possibly, death. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, please contact our Dog Bite Lawyers for a free, personal, and confidential consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at 602-265-6700.
Our lawyers not only work on dog bite cases but in other Personal Injury areas, as well as vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, product and premises liability, and criminal defense and DUI, so please contact your local Phoenix attorneys for a free, personal, and confidential consultation.
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