If you have neighbors who own dogs, you have spent time getting to know the dogs and petting them every now and then. However, as is the case with many animals, the slightest thing can scare them and cause them to lash out at the nearest person. If that person happens to be you, you may find yourself suffering serious injuries from a dog bite. While you may be hesitant to seek legal action against your neighbor, it is imperative you do so in order to gain the compensation needed to pay your medical bills, replace lost income, and help you overcome the emotional and physical pain associated with your injuries.
In many of these situations, victims and owners alike believe that since the dog in question has never displayed aggressive behavior previously, the accident was simply a fluke. However, according to Arizona law, the dog’s owner is held to very strict liability in these cases. In most cases, unless the victim was trespassing on the owner’s property or did something unreasonable that provoked the dog into biting, the dog’s owner will be held legally accountable for your damages.
Gather Your Evidence from the dog bite
When you are bitten by a dog, always try to gather as much evidence as possible to support your injury claim. This should include the owner’s name, address, and other contact information, type of dog that bit you, and information as to the dog’s health and whether or not it is up-to-date on its rabies and other vaccines.
Gaining Compensation from dog bites
When bitten by a dog, you will probably suffer severe injuries such as damage to ligaments and tendons, severe cuts and bruises, and disfigurement that may require multiple rounds of cosmetic surgery to fix. Because of this, you should always work closely with us Phoenix’s Dog Bite Attorneys at Gary Phillips Accident Law to make sure you gain the financial compensation needed to pay your medical bills and other damages.
While a dog bite can be very traumatic, don’t let it keep you from getting the compensation you deserve. Instead, schedule your consultation today with Gary Phillips Accident Law.