Animal and dog bites
An animal attack, particularly a dog bite can be a traumatic and painful experience. Most animal attacks can cause serious injuries like disfigurement, scarring, permanent injuries, and even long-term psychological scars. The aftermath of an animal bite or attack is a confusing and complicated scenario, which makes it difficult to recover compensation for the subsequent mental and physical injuries.
There are over 1000 cases of animal attacks or dog bites in the United States every single day, and in Arizona, dog bites are the most common causes of injuries. Each year, Arizona courts end up awarding compensation to thousands of dog bite victims. The chances of you getting bitten by a dog are 1 in 69, based on the number of dog attack cases that occur in the United States.
This means that you must familiarize yourself with dog bite laws in Arizona, so that you can act fast, and get in touch with an animal bite attorney in Tucson, Arizona.
Why do dogs bite?
Animals are not inherently evil and typically only bite in order to protect something valuable to them, such as their puppies, owners, food, or even themselves. Four main reasons include:
- As a reaction to a stressful situation and the need to defend itself.
- Being scared, startled or threatened.
- They’re not feeling well or are injured and want to be left alone.
- They may nip or bite a little too rough during play.
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What is animal bite law?
Animal bite laws cover personal injuries sustained as a result of animals injuring humans. Animal attacks and animal bites generally involve dogs, but it can be any other animal, including snakes, or even escaped zoo animals. Dog bites are seen separately from other personal injuries, and most of these cases tend to focus on the overall situation that led to the attack.
Some dog breeds are considered dangerous in some states, and the case will also investigate whether the owner knew if the dog was a threat to other humans. Most animal bite cases include the duty of the owner to prevent the animal from biting/attacking another person.
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For Your Injuries in an Animal Attack
Animal attacks involving a dog can be vicious, because dog bites can inflict deep lacerations, cuts, crushing injuries, or puncture wounds. Apart from that, they can also transmit rabies, or other serious diseases. Therefore, it is imperative that you acquire immediate medical attention after an animal attack, since it reduces the chances of you contracting rabies, and reduces the severity of disfigurement or scarring after the attack.
After you have acquired the medical treatment, you must file a dog bite/animal attack report with the authorities. Individuals who were attacked or bitten in Tucson, must report with the Pima County animal care authorities, who are available 24/7 and respond to all animal bite/attack incidents.
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Arizona Statutes on dog bites
Arizona has a lot of statutes that govern animal attacks/dog bites, which include A.R.S. 11-1025 on liability for dog bites to 11-1027 on provoking a dog/animal. When it comes to dog bites, Arizona is one of the strictest liability states, which means that the dog owner will be held liable for damages and injuries irrespective of the owner’s knowledge of the attack or negligence.
Most states have a “one-bite-free” policy, where the owner can’t be held liable for damages and injuries for a first-time bite by their dog. However, Arizona doesn’t have that policy, which means that the owner will be held legally responsible, irrespective of how many times a dog has bitten someone. If an individual who isn’t the dog owner is caring or looking after the dog at the time of the attack, they will be held liable along with the dog owner for the damage and injuries of the victim.
What does compensation from a dog bite lawsuit cover?
There are several factors that must be considered by a dog bite lawyer when evaluating dog bite cases from a litigation or settlement perspective. These factors are:
Medical care and bills
Dog bites/animal attacks can create an extensive range of medical complications like infections, nerve, muscle, or tissue damage, which all require extensive work to repair and can be an expensive treatment. If there is extensive scarring after the attack, it could impact on the victim’s physical appearance as well.
An animal attack/dog bite is a traumatic experience that can give victims PTSD and manifest as reactions of fear and panic or flashbacks whenever they see a dog. This can cause compromise the victim’s ability to maintain relationships with people who have pets.
Most animal attacks/dog bites tend to leave scars that may cause the victim severe social anxiety or low-confidence and self-esteem issues. Adolescents and children suffer the most due to teasing or bullying. Fixing residual scarring may require expensive plastic surgery.
How an Animal Attack or Dog Bite Lawyer can help
Most people in Arizona, have little to no knowledge about dog bite laws or where they stand after an animal attack. At the Moore Law Firm, we have experienced dog bite lawyers who are committed to protecting the rights of people and taking the necessary steps to hold animal owners accountable when their dog attacks or bites another someone.
We have helped numerous people in Tucson, Arizona acquire fair compensation after a dog bite attack, and our experienced animal bite lawyers ensure that your case is maximized through trial or settlement. We start working immediately on your case to secure the following materials:
Our Personal Injury Attorneys specialize in dog bites and animal attack law, and will follow the appropriate channels to secure fair compensation for you. Get in touch with us now, and we will arrange a consultation to review your legal options after an animal attack completely free!
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