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Trusted dog bite Injury Attorneys in Phoenix, AZ

Has a dog bitten you or your child? You deserve a dedicated Phoenix dog bite attorney who will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive compensation for your injuries. Dog bites can result in serious injuries, including permanent scars, especially in the facial area.

Arizona law holds pet owners accountable for the harm caused by their pets. At the Solorzano Law Firm, we know how to leverage the law to your advantage when you’ve been injured due to a dog bite. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and to show you how our firm can support you.

Dog Bite Laws in Arizona

Under section 11-1025 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, dog owners are held strictly liable for damages if their dog bites someone in a public place or lawfully on private property (such as invited guests). However, if the injured person provoked the attack, it serves as a defense against the owner’s liability. Provocation is determined based on whether a reasonable person would anticipate that the injured person’s conduct would provoke a dog.

When we say this is a “strict liability” law, it means that there’s no need to prove the owner’s negligence or specific behavior to establish liability. Even if the owner was unaware of any past aggressive behavior from the dog, they are still held liable for damages. Unlike in some states, Arizona does not provide a “free bite” rule, meaning pet owners are immediately liable for injuries caused by their dog’s bite as long as the case meets the statutory requirements.

There are numerous situations in which the dog bite injury does not fit neatly into the strict liability law.  Does this mean that you have no case?  Let’s say that you are bitten by a neighbor’s dog on property owned by that neighbor.  Let’s also assume that you were not invited onto the property, and that, as a technical matter, you were a trespasser.  You might not, in that case, fulfill the requirements for strict liability; however, you can still make a claim, and sue, based upon the common law in Arizona.  This may require that you prove the dog had a propensity for vicious behavior, or that the owner knew or had reason to know of its aggressiveness.  But the possible unavailability of the strict liability law does not mean that you have no case!

Statutes of Limitation in Arizona Dog Bite Cases

In civil cases, a statute of limitations sets a deadline for initiating a lawsuit concerning a specific claim. For most personal injury cases, including those involving car accidents or negligence, the lawsuit must be filed within two years from when the cause of action accrues.

However, claims made under the strict liability statute (A.R.S. 11-1025) have a different timeline. Since these claims are established by statute, the legislature has set a shorter statute of limitations compared to common law actions. According to A.R.S. 12-541, actions based on statutory liability must be commenced within one year from the date the cause of action accrues. Generally, this occurs on the date you suffer your injury.

It’s crucial to understand that legal matters in dog bite cases can be intricate. Without the guidance of the right attorney, you risk losing your claim by failing to pursue it within the applicable time frame.

How Does Insurance Come Into Play in a Dog Bite Case?

You might be curious about the role of insurance in dog bite cases. With millions of dog bites occurring each year, many claims and lawsuits are filed for those injured. Typically, liability for dog bite injuries is covered under homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policies. Industry data suggests that up to one-third of all homeowner liability claims stem from dog bites.

What does this mean for you? On one hand, it indicates the availability of funds to compensate you for your injury. However, it also implies involvement from an insurance adjuster at some point. Negotiating with insurance companies isn’t straightforward and is best not done alone. Insurance companies prioritize their profits, viewing negotiations as a “zero-sum” game where every dollar you pay is a dollar less for their bottom line. Their goal is to minimize your injuries and losses, paying out the absolute minimum possible.

To counter the tough stance of insurers, it’s in your best interest to have an experienced attorney by your side. A knowledgeable attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies, who is assertive, professional, and unafraid to go to trial when needed, will protect your interests effectively.

Phoenix Dog Bite Injury Attorney

Each year, just under five million people in America experience dog bites, with approximately 800,000 seeking medical attention. Alarmingly, over half of these cases involve children, particularly those between the ages of five and nine, who are most susceptible to such incidents. Hundreds of thousands of those bitten require emergency room visits to address their injuries.

Dog bite injuries can be severe, particularly for young children, though they can profoundly impact individuals of any age. Children often suffer facial injuries due to their smaller size in relation to dogs. Lacerations resulting from dog bites frequently necessitate extensive medical interventions, such as plastic surgery involving skin grafts, reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, dermabrasion, and other procedures. Repairing the damage inflicted by the bite typically requires multiple surgeries.

In some cases, hospitalization becomes necessary following a dog bite due to open lacerations, the risk of skin infections, and other factors. Additionally, dog bites have been known to cause bone fractures and internal injuries, adding further complexity and seriousness to the situation. These injuries often demand prolonged treatment periods to ensure proper recovery. Even in cases of dog bites, our legal representatives are here to provide legal support and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.

Why Choose the Solorzano Law Firm Team for My Dog Bite Case?

At Solorzano Law Firm, we’re not just a team; we’re a group of seasoned legal professionals with decades of experience. We specialize in personal injury cases and pride ourselves on consistently achieving outstanding results for our clients. While not every case ends up in court, having a skilled trial lawyer by your side significantly boosts the chances of reaching a favorable settlement.

If your case does go to trial, rest assured that Jonathan Solorzano and our entire team are prepared to go the distance. We’ll put in the hard work and expertise necessary to ensure you receive top-notch legal representation and the best possible outcome.

If you’ve been injured or need someone to handle your dog bite case, contact Jonathan at the Solorzano Law Team. He’ll meet with you for a free consultation, allowing you to experience our dedication and commitment to our clients firsthand.

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