Tempe Dog Attack Attorney
Dogs are generally docile, loving critters; after all, it’s what earned them the title of Man’s Best Friend. However, dogs can become aggressive, attacking people at will, sometimes after being provoked but other times for seemingly no reason at all. Dog bite injuries can be quite serious—even fatal. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, dog bite attacks are common with more than 4.7 million dog bites occurring in our country each year, which is roughly one out of every 69 people experiencing a dog bite injury. Lorona & Mead Attorneys at Law have been representing the rights of dog bite victims for many years and stand ready to represent you or a loved one who has been bitten by an aggressive dog.
Reasons Dogs Bite
While there is often no rhyme or reason to dog bite attacks, dogs sometimes bite as a reaction to stress. Sometimes they feel threatened or scared, or they believe that someone is encroaching on their territory. They may also bite in protection of their owners or a litter of puppies. Dogs that are sick are more prone to biting, as are dogs that are suddenly startled. Some breeds are more prone to biting than others; the seemingly harmless chihuahua bites most often, followed by bulldogs, pit bulls, German and Australian shepherds, and Lhasa Apso breeds. Chained dogs are responsible for 25 percent of all fatal dog attacks.
Dog Bite Claims
In 2014 alone, the insurance industry paid out more than $530 million in damages for dog attack and dog-bite-related claims. Although each claim is specific to the injury and the severity of the attack, your dog bite claim usually involves damages for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. If the attack is severe enough, the cost of future care and plastic surgery may also be considered in any award that you receive.
Arizona Dog Bite Laws
Arizona Revised status section 11-1025 governs dog bite liability in the state. To hold the dog owner responsible for a dog bite injury, the onus is on the plaintiff to prove that the dog caused their injuries and the injuries were suffered either in a public place or while the victim was lawfully on private property. Arizona’s dog bite laws call for “strict liability,” which means that even if the dog has never bitten before and the owner did not know the dog would bite, the owner is still legally liable. Unless you were trespassing when the dog bit you or you somehow provoked the dog to bite, the dog’s owner can be held accountable.
Working with a Tempe Dog Attack Attorney
As soon as possible following your dog bite injury, you should speak with a competent, knowledgeable Tempe dog attack attorney. Lorona & Mead Attorneys at Law offers aggressive representation of your case; we’ll negotiate on your behalf, going up against the dog owner and his insurance company to get the compensation you deserve for your injury. Set up your free consultation with a Tempe dog attack attorney now.