Glendale Dog Attack Lawyer
Dog is a man’s best friend, granted, but they are also pack animals and, as such, can be prone to attack when threatened, or when they perceive someone or something as a potential threat. While your pet may be the friendliest pooch you have ever encountered, never showing any tendency towards aggression, as a dog owner you have a legal obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure all others are safe from potential attack. As a victim of a dog bite attack, you are entitled to hold the dog’s owner accountable for the consequences of their negligence, through pursuing compensation in respect of your injuries and associated damages, such as medical bills.
With decades of experience of successfully handling cases relating to dog attacks in Glendale and beyond, our attorneys could ensure you receive the true amount of compensation you deserve.
The Truth About Dog Attacks in Glendale, Arizona
Do you know just how common dog attacks are in Glendale, and across the rest of Arizona? Research suggests that each of us has a 50% chance of being bitten by a pet at some point in our lives, with around 80-90% of these bites inflicted by dogs.
Some other statistics you may find interesting – if sobering – reading, include:
- Dog bites are amongst the top 12 causes of non-fatal accidents worldwide
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that around 4.5 million United States residents are bitten each year, approximately 50% of which involve attacks on children
- More than 27,000 Americans underwent reconstructive surgery following a dog bite attack in 2012 alone
- Maricopa County is by far the Arizona county with the highest number of dog attacks – between 2008 and 2012 Glendale’s county saw over 20,000 dog attacks, with the closest second being Pima County with just over 5,000
How a Glendale Dog Attack Attorney Could Help You
If a dog bite happens in a public place or on private property the victim was permitted to be on, Arizona law dictates that the dog’s owner is legally liable for the attack. The relevant section of Arizona legislation, applicable in Glendale and surrounding areas, states that, where this condition has been satisfied, the victim is entitled to pursue the dog owner for damages in respect of their injuries and associated costs and expenses. Unlike in some other states, the dog having no history of aggression is not a valid defense under Arizona law.
The dog owner will have one potential route of defense when contesting your claim for compensation, centering around the dog having been provoked. Where this defense is used, the judge can decide whether the victim is partially, or fully, liable for their own injuries, based on whether they could reasonably have been expected to know that their behavior or actions may provoke the dog into attacking. Should this happen in your case, you can be certain that your Lorona Mead Glendale dog attack attorney will be ready to spring into action, ensuring that your settlement is not unfairly compromised. We are passionate about recovering a full and fair settlement for you.