Being attacked by a dog can cause painful and damaging physical and psychological injuries. If you or a loved one has been attacked and bitten by someone else’s dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, including medical and rehabilitative expenses, reconstructive cosmetic plastic surgery, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs.

Fortunately, there is help available. The team at Zanes Law offers a free consultation to dog bite victims. We can help you understand your rights and determine the best approach to take to seek the compensation you deserve. We know Arizona law, the courts, the judges, and how to deal with insurance companies, and we can keep you from making costly mistakes.

Do not delay. If you or a family member has been bitten by a dog, call Zanes Law at (833)-629-7684 today for a free and confidential consultation to get started with your claim.

PROVING LIABILITY FOR YOUR DOG BITE INJURY

Arizona has several laws that concern claims regarding dog bites and attacks. Your dog bite lawyer in Yuma, AZ, will ensure you follow the law by filing your claim against the dog’s owner within the state’s required time periods.

When it comes to dog bites, Arizona is a strict liability state. This means a dog’s owner is liable for any injuries and damages the dog causes, even if the owner was not negligent, did not know that the dog was vicious or about the attack, or if the dog has never bitten anyone before.

In some circumstances, there could be multiple people or entities that may be liable for a dog bite. For example, if someone who was not the owner was present and caring for the dog at the time you were attacked, that person can also be held liable, according to AZ § 11-1025.

If you are the victim of a dog bite attack, you only need to show that:

  • Your injury was caused by the dog bite.
  • You were attacked in a public setting or as a legally present guest on private property.

There are some exceptions where a dog owner may not be at fault for a dog bite injury. Dog owners are not liable if it can be proven that a reasonable person would believe the victim’s actions provoked the dog to attack and that it would not have bitten that person otherwise. For example, a dog would be considered to have been provoked if the person kept throwing rocks at it.

Another exception involves bringing an action for damages against any governmental agency using a dog in military or police work. You may not sue if the bite occurred while the dog was defending itself from harassing or provoking act of assisting an employee of the agency.

Your dog bite lawyer in Yuma, AZ can investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury and protect your right to seek the compensation you deserve from the dog’s owner or handler.

COMMON-LAW NEGLIGENCE

Dog bite victims can also be compensated under common law negligence, such as having a “dog at large.” This means that the dog was not sufficiently and legally fenced in, leashed, or contained. If you were attacked on a property where the dog was off its leash, you could seek damages under common law negligence.

There may also be other local or community-based and homeowner association ordinances that may be violated. Your dog bite lawyer can fight to make sure the liable party claims responsibility for violating all relevant regulations.

TIME LIMITS FOR FILING A DOG BITE CLAIM

Arizona has time limits, known as statutes of limitations, for taking legal action against the dog’s owner. Under the AZ § 12-541, you have one year from the time of the bite to file a claim in court. You have a longer window when considering legal action under the common law negligence statute, AZ § 12-542. For these cases, you must file within two years of the time of the attack.

We recommend that dog bite victims seek legal action as soon as possible to preserve their right to pursue the full measure of damages that may be available to them. Another reason to get started right away is to make it easier to connect your injuries to the accident if seemingly minor conditions become worse with time. It is important for anyone injured by a dog bite in Arizona to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Call Zanes Law at (833)-629-7684 today for a free and confidential consultation.

WHAT TO DO IF BITTEN

Anyone bitten by a dog should take steps to protect their health, report the incident, and gather and preserve evidence. This includes:

  • Seeking medical care
  • Contacting the police
  • Filing a report with the local animal control agency
  • Getting information about the dog owner and/or caretaker
  • Getting information from any witnesses
  • Taking photographs of the dog, the property, and your injury
  • Getting legal assistance

GET HELP FROM A DOG BITE LAWYER IN YUMA, AZ, TODAY

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury in Arizona, you do not have to face the complicated process of seeking the recovery of your damages alone. The dog bite lawyers at Zanes Law know what you are going through and have the resources to fight for the settlement you are entitled to.

Contact us today at (833)-629-7684 for a free and confidential consultation. You pay nothing unless and until we win for you.

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