If you or your child is bitten by a dog, even if it doesn’t seem serious, you should seek medical treatment. Dog bite injuries can easily lead to serious infection, resulting in further damage. In some cases, a dog may have gotten rabies from another animal, transmitting the virus through a simple dog bite, which can be deadly.
Dogs are known as “man’s best friend.” However, when a dog owner does not keep control of a dangerous animal, innocent people can be injured. This is why Arizona has a strict liability law when it comes to dog bite injuries. If you or a loved one was injured by someone’s dog, the dog owner must be held responsible for the harm the animal caused. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the dog will make sure he or she is held liable for your medical bills, lost work and other damages. If the dog owner is on notice that the dog has a propensity to bite (a second occasion of biting), then other damages may apply and be recovered by the victim.
In some cases, the dog owner’s insurance policy is supposed to cover an individual’s dog bite injury. However, just because the insurance company is supposed to pay does not mean that it will. Insurance representatives want to save the company money and will do what they can to get away with paying out as little money as possible. If you do not have a lot of experience dealing with insurance companies, you may want an advocate to work for you, to make sure you get the compensation you are owed.
Personal injury attorneys deal with insurance companies all the time. They understand the insurance company’s tricks and techniques to reduce payouts. You should not talk to an insurance representative about your injury; instead, tell him or her to talk to your attorney. Your attorney will deal with the insurance company, to make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries.
Dog Bite Injuries
In the worst cases, dog owners train their dogs to be vicious animals, to intimidate others or guard property. These dogs are taught to be aggressive and go after anyone who steps into their path. Owners of these attack dogs know that their animals are dangerous and are responsible for any harm they cause. If a dog is trained to be dangerous, then it is up to the owner to keep the animal on a short leash and away from the public, especially young children.
Alternatively, some dog bite injuries involve an average dog. These dogs may not be trained to be aggressive, but may bite out of fear or confusion. Even if these are not considered vicious dog attacks, it is still up to owners to control their pets. All dog owners are responsible for the actions of their animals, especially when that involves a dog bite injury.
Unfortunately, most cases of dog bite injuries involve young children. Dog bite injuries to children can be serious, involving extensive scarring and emotional damage. Children love dogs and don’t understand that some dogs can be dangerous.
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It is not the child’s fault if he or she is bitten by a dog, it is the owner’s responsibility to keep the animal from harming others. We are West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman P.L.L.C. and we can help. Our offices are located in Tucson, Arizona. Call our lawyers at 520-518-3781 or contact us online.
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