Phoenix Dog Bite Attorney
An aggressive dog can do a lot of damage. Many dog bite victims live with painful, disfiguring injuries. Dogs can crush bones, and wounds can become infected. Even minor bites can require expensive emergency care.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you can get help. It is possible to recover compensation for your injuries, usually from the dog owner’s property insurance company. Yet you can expect the defendant to fight hard to keep you from recovering.
Reach out to Tony Merchant and Associates to get the expertise you need to win your case.
Is Arizona a one-bite state?
No. A one-bite state refers to a state where a dog gets “one free bite” before the dog’s owner can be held liable for the damage. Instead, Arizona follows what’s called a strict liability statute. Owners are responsible for their dog’s actions even if the dog has never shown signs of aggression in the past.
Furthermore, in some Arizona counties the dog owner, the bite victim, or both will have a responsibility to report the bite to animal control so the incident may be investigated. This does not mean a dog that bites will automatically be put down. It just means the state of Arizona takes dog bites very seriously.
Is the owner of the dog always at-fault for the bite?
There are a few specific cases where the dog owner won’t be held liable. If the defendant can prove you provoked the dog then you could lose your case. Another defense is that you were not lawfully on the property at the time, and ignored warning signs that a dog was present.
You might be surprised to hear what dog owners have come up with when it’s time to defend themselves against a dog bite claim. You might find out just how broad the word “provoked” can be. Don’t assume your case is “open and shut” just because you don’t believe you were provoking the dog at the time you were bitten.
What damages can you recover in a dog bite case?
You can recover all the normal damages that you could recover from any personal injury case. This includes economic damages which cover your medical bills and any wages you lost while recovering.
It also includes non-economic damages, also known as pain and suffering. This is an amount that compensates you for any scarring, disfigurement, or psychological damage you may incur as a result of the dog bite. In many cases this will be some multiplier of the economic damages ranging from 1-5, with 5 being the most severe, catastrophic injury and 1 being something more minor.
Punitive damages are possible but are very rare in dog bite cases. One example of a case where punitive damages might be a factor would be one in which the dog owner deliberately ordered the dog to attack you. As you can imagine, this doesn’t happen very often.
Why Tony Merchant and Associates?
When you trust Tony Merchant and Associates with your personal injury case you’re tapping into 30+ years of experience and a long track record of success. We build cases that make insurance companies sit up and take notice.
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