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Choose Arizona’s Best Dog Bite Lawyer — Fighting for You After an Injury

It may seem far-fetched, but there are plenty of dog bite incidents in the United States. According to the CDC, 4.5 million dog bites occur in the country every year. The average cost of a dog bite-related inpatient stay is $18,200. 

If you or your child has been attacked by a dog, you should immediately contact a dog bite lawyer to secure proper medical treatment and compensation. A dog bite can be a severe injury and require serious medical attention and care. A dog bite incident falls under a personal injury claim, generally made through the owner’s homeowner’s insurance coverage. Here at Smith Alston Darner & Lee, we have experience with every type of personal injury claim, including dog bites. We want to help you get compensation for your injuries. 

Don’t assume that a minor injury does not require medical attention. Sometimes injuries can have consequences down the road that are not apparent right at the onset. As your dog bite lawyer, we recommend you seek medical attention immediately.

Laws Pertaining to Dog Bites in the State of Arizona

State law makes dog owners liable when their dog bites a person in a public space or when the victim was lawfully present within the owner’s property. Whether the dog has bitten or attacked anyone before is irrelevant. Dog incidents should be reported, as Arizona law requires a dog to be quarantined once it has bitten a person. 

When a dog owner is sued in Arizona, they have one potential defense. They can try to prove the dog was provoked. Essentially, liability on these cases comes down to whether this can be proven and whether a reasonable person under the same circumstances would likely provoke have provoked the dog. 

Common Injuries from Dog Bite Incidents

Depending on the circumstances and the severity of the bite, these types of injuries can have dire consequences, especially in younger victims. People might experience fractures and tissue, tendon or nerve damage caused by the grip of a dog’s sharp teeth. Many dogs, when in ‘attack mode’ lock their jaw and will hold onto the skin with their teeth. They easily tear through the skin and reach the bone. Common places where dog bites occur can be: 

  • Parks 
  • Residential areas outside the owner’s property 
  • Outdoor restaurants
  • Walking paths 
  • Dog parks

Every year, surgeons perform thousands of reconstructive surgeries because of serious dog bites. The medical costs and the severity of the attacks should be taken seriously. Getting bit by a dog can result in the following injuries:

  • Fractured bones
  • Punctures 
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Tissue loss
  • Scars
  • Abrasions 
  • Infections such as rabies
  • Infections such as Pasteurella 
  • MRSA
  • Tetanus

Steps to Follow After a Dog Attack

Following a dog attack, you might suffer from mild shock. Sometimes these incidents happen quite fast or out of the blue. If you have been bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately. If possible, prior to leaving the scene, gather the information that might indicate to whom the dog belonged, including any info on the collar or nearby homes, etc. 

What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation with Your Dog Bite Lawyer

After you seek medical attention, call the office of a trusted dog bite lawyer.  When you call us for a free consultation, you will sit down and talk with one of our attorneys. We will advise you on what steps to take and how we can help you with your case.

Contact the Personal Injury Experts Today & Get Compensation

An injury of any sort can be debilitating. It can cause you to miss work or even have limited mobility or long-term consequences. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our law office speaks Spanish.  Call us at 602-892-5000 for more information, or feel free to come by the office at 6816 E Brown Rd #101 Mesa, Arizona 85207.

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