Dog Attack Injury Attorneys
Each year about four million people suffer a dog attack injury in this country. It is estimated that 1,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency room each day due to dog bite injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or dog attack injury, please contact a skilled Tucson personal injury attorney at the Lara Law Firm, PLLC. Our dog attack injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in many areas of personal injury.
Following a dog bite or dog attack injury you should:
- Cleanse the wound with soap and warm water.
- Seek medical attention.
- Notify your local animal control agency about your dog bite incident. Give as much information as you can, including, the sequence of events and any information about the dog.
- Photograph the resulting from the dog attack injury.
- Photograph the area in which the attack occurred.
- Collect contact information from all witnesses of the dog attack injury.
- Do not sign anything from the dog owner, insurance company, or anyone else involved in the attack.
Dog and Animal Attacks in Tucson
In the state of Arizona, the statute of limitations regarding dog bites is two years, but one year for strict liability. It is important to attain legal representation as soon as possible after the dog attack injury. We are familiar with Arizona dog bite laws and how to successfully represent you.
Arizona Law for Dog Bites
When it comes to attacks by dogs, Arizona law is very strict: the owner or keeper of a dog is strictly liable for personal injuries, scarring, and wrongful death caused by a dog bite or dog attack. Thus, it is necessary to prove that the defendant was the owner or keeper of the dog. It is not necessary to prove that the dog has caused personal injury before, or that the dog is vicious. The injured person must show that he or she was not provoking the dog, and that trespassing was not involved.
Fortunately, most dog bite, dog attack, and other animal bite injuries are covered by homeowner’s insurance policies in Arizona. In Arizona, homeowner’s insurance covers bodily injury and sometimes provides medical payments coverage to the person injured by the dog attack.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are the owner or keeper of a dog, you should check with your insurance company to see that the dog is covered, and if not, should consider switching insurance companies.
Dog bites and dog attacks can cause very serious personal injuries. Dog bites can cause scarring—often facial scarring—other disfigurement, and often severe psychological trauma. Dog bites on children, because of their small size, are very frequently on the face. The psychological injury caused by a dog bite or dog attack can often be permanent. If a dog attacks a bicyclist or a pedestrian, other personal injuries may result from being knocked to the ground, including fractures or dislocations.
The dog bite attorneys at the Lara Law Firm have handled dog bite cases in Tucson and throughout Southern Arizona. We have handled cases involving serious injuries to children and adults, including police dog attacks, along with other types of animal bites.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING DOG BITES IN PIMA COUNTY:
- What do I do if I get bit by a dog in Arizona? Under Arizona law, you may have the right to file a claim against the owner or keeper of a dog that bites or injures you. It is not required that the dog actually bite you. If the dog causes an injury such as a trip and fall, bicycle or motorcycle accident or other injury without even touching you, you may have a right to file a claim.
- What should I do after I get bit by a dog in Tucson? The first thing you should do is to contact the Pima County Animal Control at (520) 724-5900 to report the incident and to check whether that the dog’s shots are up-to-date. The dog may be quarantined or put down. Therefore, it is essential that you identify the owner of the dog and find out as much information as you can about the vaccination status of the dog.
- Does the dog have to bite me, or just attack me? Although most animal attack cases involve bites, there is no requirement that you are actually bitten by the animal. For example, a bicyclist may be caused to crash because of an on-rushing dog. A visitor, such as a mail carrier or delivery person, may be chased and caused to fall down. The dog may just jump up on you, causing you to fall. In all of these cases, the owner will be strictly liable for the injury resulting from the dog’s conduct.
- How much is my dog bite claim worth? In Arizona, the value of your dog bite or dog injury claim depends on several factors including the severity of your physical injury, the duration of your symptoms, any scarring or disfigurement that results and finally any impairment to any activities of daily living which you may experience.
- How long will it take me to retain a recovery for my dog bite or injury case? Do not attempt to recover before you know the extent of your injuries. The length of time it takes to obtain a recovery depends on first and foremost how long it takes you to heal from your injury. Your lawyer should not even begin to attempt to settle your case until you have reached a medical end result. What this means is that you are either fully healed or you are as healed as you are going to be. That determination is made by your doctors who will treat your injuries.
When your injuries are healed, your lawyer will attempt to settle the case with the insurance company or owner of the dog.
What if the owner of the dog has no insurance?
Ordinarily, if a dog owner owns a home, they will have homeowner’s insurance coverage. However, many insurance companies recently adopted exclusions in their policies for injuries caused by a dog. If there is no insurance or if there is an exclusion for injuries caused by dogs, then the only recourse will be to pursue the owner of the dog individually.
Choosing a Arizona Dog Bite and Dog Attack Injury Lawyer
You should hire a lawyer you feel comfortable with. Your dog bite attorney should be familiar with the law, and you should have confidence in your lawyer. The lawyers at our office have the experience, and would be pleased to consult with you when you are choosing who will represent you.
Because the statute of limitations in Arizona for strict liability is 1 year, victims have a limited time in which to file their cases. If you feel you have a dog bite or dog attack case, it is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights. You can still sue within 2 years, but the strict liability is lost after the first year if you did not file a lawsuit.
Please call us at 520-577-0707 for a free legal consultation today with an experienced dog bite attorney. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack contact the Tucson Dog and Animal Attacks Injury Lawyers at the Lara Law Firm, PLLC.