Dog bites, and other animal attacks, can have devastating consequences to victims and their families. It does not matter if the dog was abused, mistreated, or a cherished family member. The injuries are serious and you need an experienced dog bite lawyer to fight for you. Time is of the essence because Arizona law provides an advantage for those who pursue the claim within a year of the attack.
In the first year after the attack, Arizona provides “strict liability” for dog owners when their dogs bite someone who is rightfully on public or private property. This means the dog’s owners must pay for your injuries and damages. You do not have to prove the dog owner was negligent or that they know the dog was dangerous.
This strict liability rule only applies in the first year after the bite. Between years one and two, regular negligence and its defenses apply.
If you’ve suffered a dog bite, seek medical attention immediately to prevent serious injuries and infections. Also, contact Animal Control to investigate the health and aggressiveness of the dog.
Dog bite cases can be easily mishandled by an inexperienced lawyer. At Gage Mathers, we have handled dog bite cases for decades and know all the common mistakes to avoid. Call our dog bite lawyers now.