Each year in the United States, there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites, with about 20 percent of them resulting in infections. Although children are the most frequent victims, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control underscores that dog bites can affect individuals of any age or size. Consequently, Arizona has enacted stringent and precise dog bite laws. Under section 11-1025 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, if you sustain a dog bite in a public location or while lawfully present in a private area, such as a residence or yard, the owner is legally responsible, implying that they bear financial liability for your injuries.
Experiencing a dog bite incident can be a frightening and traumatic ordeal, with potential risks of permanent injury or infection. It’s crucial to know what steps to take in the aftermath of such an incident to ensure your safety and well-being.
First and foremost, call animal control if you’ve been bitten by a dog. Do not attempt to restrain the dog yourself; maintain a safe distance and contact the authorities, providing them with a detailed description of the dog. Animal control will take action to restrain the dog and initiate quarantine procedures if needed.
Seeking immediate medical attention is essential, even if your injuries appear minor. The health status of the dog is unknown, and prompt medical care can help prevent severe infections. It also provides valuable documentation for any future compensation claims.
Additionally, take photographs of your injuries and any property damage caused by the dog. These photos can serve as crucial evidence for your compensation claim. If possible, obtain the owner’s information, including their name, contact details, and insurance information.
Preserve any damaged clothing or property as evidence for your claim, and refrain from engaging with the owner’s insurance company without legal representation. It’s advisable to consult with an attorney experienced in dog bite compensation claims to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been a dog bite victim in Arizona, don’t hesitate to reach out to Simon Law Group for a consultation to help you pursue the compensation you’re entitled to.