Each day in Phoenix and surrounding communities, it is not uncommon for people to be bitten by a dog. While most of these incidents result in minor injuries, others lead to not only severe physical injuries, but also emotional trauma that may never disappear from the victim’s life. Since many dog bite victims are young children, the result is medical treatment that may include multiple surgeries to repair muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as plastic surgery to lessen disfigurement. If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite, here is what you need to know.
Holding the Dog Owner Accountable
If you or a loved one are bitten by a dog in Arizona, the dog’s owner is automatically held legally responsible for the attack under the state’s strict liability laws. In these situations, it is not necessary for your personal injury lawyer to prove the dog owner was negligent or careless leading up to the attack. Since this differs from most other types of personal injury lawsuits, you may have an easier time gaining the compensation you need.
Suing for Various Damages
In dog bite cases, victims can sue for a variety of different damages. For example, medical fees associated with current and future treatment are always at the top of the list. This is important, since most victims require ongoing medical treatment that can last for years, especially if extreme disfigurement took place. In addition, compensation can be sought for the victim’s pain and suffering, psychological counseling due to the emotional trauma, and for lost wages if a victim is forced to miss weeks or months from their job.
Whether a dog is large or small, the damage that can be done with only one bite can be devastating for both children and adults. Should you or a loved one fall victim to a dog bite, make sure you hold the dog’s owner accountable for what happened. To do so, schedule an immediate consultation today with us here at Tobler Law by calling 480-898-9700 or visiting toblerlaw.com and filling out an online inquiry form.