Annually, many children across Arizona are injured in dog attacks. According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are the second leading cause to childhood injury, surpassing playground accidents.
About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. About 885,000 of this number require medical attention; half of these are children. Approximately 30 people die every year, as a result of dog attacks in the United States. The majority of these victims are children.
Because children are smaller and more innocent, they are more prone to be injured in a dog attack. Children are especially vulnerable to dog attack between the ages of 5 to 9 years.
In Arizona, dog owners are held to a high standard of liability when their dogs attack others. The only defense is provocation. Victims of dog attacks are entitled to compensation for medical bills, plastic surgery, pain and suffering and permanent injury (such as scarring and disfigurement).
Arizona does not allow a dog to run around at large in a public park or upon public school property. Arizona laws creates immediate liability when an unleashed dog attacks and injured another or destroys property. A victim has only one year to file a personal injury lawsuit, however.
Arizona is one of the only states that does not require that the dog be vicious or that the owner know about the dog's viciousness in order for the victim to be compensated. Arizona also allows claims on the base of scienter, negligence and negligence per se.
If a dog bit your child, you can expect to hear from an insurance representative shortly. While they may sound like they want to help, they will most likely offer you less compensation than you deserve. You need an aggressive legal representative to protect your child's and your family's rights when the insurance company comes calling.
We can work with medical specialists, breed experts and other professionals to help you fight for 100% of the amount you are entitled to. For a free consultation, do not hesitate to call us today. With more than 75 combined years behind us, you can trust us to build a strong case and not rest until we have done everything we can for you.
Having been rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® and having been named Arizona Super Lawyers® from 2010-2013, we have the credentials you can trust. When your child has been brutally injured in a dog attack, you need a legal team that will be both hard-hitting and compassionate. No child should have to incur injury as the result of a negligent individual's behavior; for the compensation and justice your family deserves, contact Friedl Richardson!