Gilbert Dog Bite Injury Lawyers
Were You or Your Children Harmed By an Animal?
Dog bites and animal attacks are unpredictable, and all too often result in serious personal injuries, emotional trauma, and even wrongful death. While pit bull attacks seemingly receive the most attention, any dog can obviously bite, and, under certain circumstances, any dog or animal can become a dangerous animal.
Though a dog bite, pit bull attack, or other animal attack case may seem relatively simple, the issues are often more complex than they appear and involve questions of legal liability and insurance coverage. At the law firm of Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC, our Queen Creek and Gilbert dog bite injury attorneys represent adults and children throughout Arizona who have been injured by dogs and other pets.
Concerned that you can't afford a lawyer? Don't worry. We charge no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Arizona Law Regarding Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
A person who keeps or has control of an animal may be liable for personal injury or property damage caused by the animal. A "keeper" of an animal is defined as a person who "harbors, protects or shelters" the animal. This person does not necessary have to be the actual owner of the animal. However, an owner who retains some degree of control over the animal can still be liable for its behavior, even when the animal is under the care of others.
The laws of Arizona provide that the owner of an attacking dog is strictly liable for injuries caused by dog bites. Under Arizona law:
- Injury to any person or damage to any property by a dog while at large is the full responsibility of the dog owner or person responsible for the dog when such damages were inflicted.
- The owner of a dog that bites a person when the person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of its viciousness.
When deciding whether or not to press charges against the offending dog's owner for adult injuries or child scarring, it is wise to consult with an attorney who understands this area of law. Our qualified Arizona personal injury attorneys can help you understand your options and receive just compensation for any physical injury, lost wages, future medical costs and all other expenses associated with the dog bite or attack.
Free Consultation with a Mesa Animal Attack Attorney
If you or someone you care about has been injured by a dog bite or an animal attack, contact our Arizona law firm today at 480-359-1758 or 800-409-2187 for a free initial consultation.
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