DOG BITE ATTORNEY
Phoenix Dog Bite Attorney representing Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale and all of Arizona.
Every year innocent children and adults are seriously injured or killed by dogs and thousands are scarred by dog bites.
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In Arizona a dog owner is held to the high standard of strict liability for dog bites, meaning that the owner is responsible for injury due to dog bites. The only defense is provocation.
Strict liability has a shorter statue of limitations than a claim for negligence against the dog owner. To assure valuable rights are not lost, it is important to retain an experienced dog bite attorney as soon as possible.
At Alex & Saavedra, our Phoenix, Arizona attorneys have handled dog bite cases for over 37 years. If you would like to speak with a dog bite attorney, please contact our office and arrange a free consultation.
DOG BITE STATISTICS
According to the CDC, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention. There are ways to make dog bites less likely and to help prevent children from being bitten by dogs.
How big is the problem?
- About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.
- Almost one in five of those who are bitten: a total of 885,000: require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.
- In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.
The first thing to do if you are the victim of dog bites is to immediately call 911. The 911 operator should alert emergency personnel and contact the animal rabies control unit. Animal rabies control will typically quarantine the dog for rabies and identify the dog owner and address. This is becoming increasingly more important as dog owners are more frequently denying that they own the animal.
Victims of dog bites are entitled to compensation for medical bills, plastic surgery, lost wages, pain and suffering (past and future) and for permanent injury such as scarring, disfigurement and emotional stress.
A high number of victims of dog bites and animal attacks are children. When determining the full extent of a child’s injury, our dog bite attorney will retain professionals including medical, psychological, and economic experts to ensure that our client receives maximum compensation.
To speak to a senior attorney regarding your dog bite or dog attack, please call us for a free consultation at 602-971-1775.