A dog bite can be a devastating situation, causing significant pain from physical injuries, as well as emotional trauma. This type of injury is especially frustrating because it often could have been prevented.

Maybe the dog’s owner failed to restrain the dog properly. Or maybe the owner abused the dog, causing it to lash out at you. Regardless, you have suffered a significant injury, and the dog owner deserves to be held liable.

With a dog bite lawyer in Glendale, AZ on your side, you will be able to protect your right to receive damages in this case. At Zanes Law, our Glendale injury lawyers stand with our clients throughout the entire legal process. Call us today at (866) 499-8989, and we will be ready to begin working for you immediately.

What Should I Do After a Dog Bite?

If you have suffered an attack from a dangerous dog, the police may investigate. You will want to obtain the name of the investigating officer, as well as a case number.

If the police do not investigate or are not called, you will want to ask the dog’s owner for his or her insurance information. If the owner refuses to provide it, you will need to contact the police or animal control to have the incident officially recorded.

Additionally, you should seek medical care. Even if you believe you are not seriously injured, you may find that your injuries become more painful or inflamed after a day or two passes.

Trusting a Doctor’s Diagnosis

Dog bites can result in an infection if not treated properly. In addition, if you suffered an attack from a large dog, you may have been knocked to the ground, which can lead to internal injuries that you may not notice in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Only a doctor can fully diagnose your injuries after this type of attack. Having a detailed plan for medical treatment after the dog bite is key to your recovery. Follow the doctor’s plan completely.

Contacting a Dog Bite Lawyer

You may want to file a claim against the owner of the dog. An attorney who works with dog bite victims can investigate the facts of the case, proving your side of the story. We also can hire experts to testify on your behalf, if needed.

If you choose to hire Zanes Law, we will begin negotiating with the dog owner’s insurance company, seeking payment for your medical care, pain, and suffering.

As dedicated dog bite lawyers in Glendale, AZ, we know how to study the facts in your case, proving that the dog owner is liable for your injuries. Contact us today at (866) 499-8989 for a free consultation.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Among all non-fatal injuries that occur worldwide, dog bites rank in the top 12, so they are more common than you may think. A bite can result in a serious medical problem that requires your full attention, so you can heal properly. Some of the potential injuries from a dog bite include:

  • Abrasions
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Crushing injuries
  • Infections
  • Broken bones
  • Muscle damage
  • Ligament damage
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring
  • Avulsion
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of one of the five senses
  • Emotional trauma
  • PTSD

In addition, you could be exposed to dangerous diseases, including

  • Rabies
  • Capnocytophaga bacteria
  • Pasteurella bacteria
  • MRSA
  • Tetanus

The size or breed of dog that bites you does not really play a role in how serious your injuries may end up being. Small dogs can break the skin with a bite, leading to infections or potential diseases. And if the bite occurs in a place where a tendon or nerve is damaged, you can have a permanent disability from the bite, even from a small dog.

Following Local Dog Laws

Any dog owner in Glendale must follow local dog laws regarding how a dog is restrained. If the owner is not following the proper regulations, his or her liability in a dog bite case is easier to prove.

To help strengthen your case, we may investigate any past reports of dog restraint violations against the owner. If this dog and owner have caused problems in the past, by filing a lawsuit now, you can hopefully prevent anyone else from being attacked in the future.

Dog Owner’s Liability

Arizona state law spells out the liability of the owner of the dog in a case like this. If the victim of a dog bite is in a public place, the dog owner is liable. Or if the victim has the legal right to be on private property, including on the property of the dog owner, the dog’s owner is liable as well.

Under state law, the dog owner does not have to have knowledge of the potential viciousness of the dog, nor does the dog have to be proven to have been vicious in the past.

Once a dog owner is found to be liable for your injuries, you have the right to seek compensation for a variety of items, including:

  • Medical bills now
  • Future medical care costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent scarring
  • Loss of ability to move injured limbs freely
  • Long term pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Let Us Fight for Your Rights

A dog bite injury is sad for all parties involved. Even though you may want to forget about the attack as quickly as possible, your injuries and emotional trauma may stick with you for a long time.

Rather than spending time dealing with insurance companies, allow Zanes Law to negotiate with the insurer on your behalf. This leaves you more time to heal.

Contact us today at (866) 499-8989 for a free consultation. We do everything from A to Z for our clients. We will work tirelessly on your behalf, helping you receive the best possible outcome. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we do not accept payment until the case reaches a satisfactory settlement.

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