Several years ago in Tucson, dog owner Mike Cook died from injuries in his neck and arm after being attacked by his dog, Butch. No one knows exactly how the incident occurred, but due to the discovery of dog food all over the kitchen, it is possible that Butch was fighting two of the smaller dogs in the house over food. Butch had just undergone neutering surgery and had a cone around his head to prevent him from biting or scratching the incision while it was healing. He had chewed the cone nearly to pieces, indicating that he was in pain. Family members state that Butch had been a happy and loyal dog in the past. He was put down shortly after Mr. Cook perished.
As with many dog bites that occur in the Tucson region, it is possible that (if a dog fight was involved), Mr. Cook could have avoided this attack by not physically interfering in the fight. If someone must intervene in a dog fight, animal control officers recommend using “the wheelbarrow” method to disengage the fighting dogs. This method requires two people, preferably each of the dogs’ owners. One person grabs the back legs of one dog and the second person grabs the back legs of the other. The two dog owners then simultaneously pull the dogs out of the fight. This way, no one has to put his body in the middle of the fighting animals.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a dog bite you, it’s important you know the law so you can hold the owner responsible and receive adequate compensation for your injuries. These laws vary by state. In Arizona, the statute of limitations gives victims one year to file a claim following an injury. This is called a “strict liability claim.” The claimant has to prove that a dangerous injury occurred and identify who was responsible. Arizona recognizes that if a victim proves a case within a year of the injury, the dog’s owner is completely liable. If the injured party does not file within a year, he or she can no longer file a strict liability claim, and it will be much more challenging to prove neglect. One of the best ways you can increase your odds of compensation is to file a claim as soon as the injury occurs. Get medical records of any treatment you receive, take photographs of the scene of the accident, and give a written record to the police of where and when the situation took place.
There are many factors that decrease the odds of a victim winning a dog bite injury case, so it’s imperative you hire a personal injury attorney located in your state. In order to process any insurance claims, your lawyer will need to know the dog owner’s location and personal information. If dog attacked you when no one was around, it will be difficult to ascertain who owns the dog, let alone that person’s insurance plan. If you’re fortunate enough to know who the dog owner is, it’s crucial that you don’t threaten him or her. Inquire calmly about the owner’s insurance so that you can professionally and legally file the claim. If the defendant does not have homeowners insurance or if the policy doesn’t cover hazardous animal attacks, you might be able to sue the homeowner if you can prove that he or she owns the dog and that the dog was responsible.
The following info is a good guide to follow if you have experienced a dog attack in the state of Arizona. These steps will help you to solidify the legitimacy of your case and help you collect critical information that a Tucson dog bite attorney will use to help you obtain damages.
Once you have collected this information, you can bring it to Zanes Law to see if you have a case. With over twenty years of experience, Zanes Law Injury Lawyers has worked diligently and honorably to serve the Tucson area. Doug Zanes is known among his constituents as a highly driven and skilled attorney who fights to make sure he takes care of his clients and their families. Doug Zanes has earned many accolades throughout his career. Most notably, he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is exclusive to attorneys who have won cases worth over a million dollars. He also serves his community as a mentor for at-risk juveniles in the Pima County Juvenile Court system. Dog bites can be traumatic events, but Doug Zanes will fight for you with the same passion that he invests in his community.
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