If you or your child is bitten by a dog, even if it doesn't seem very serious, you should seek medical treatment. Dog bite injuries can easily lead to a 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 their 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 needs to be held responsible for the harm they caused. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of the dog will make sure they are held liable for your medical bills, lost work, or other damages. If the dog owner is on notice that their 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 they 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 them to talk to your attorney. Your attorney will deal with the insurance company, to make sure you are fully compensated for your 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 them on a short leash, and keep them 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 the owner to control their pet. All dog owners are responsible for the actions of their animal, especially when it 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. However, it is not the child's fault if they are bitten by a dog, it is the owner's responsibility to keep their animal from harming another person.
At West, Longenbaugh and Zickerman, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help individuals and their families throughout Tucson. We will make sure the person responsible for your injury is held liable for their carelessness. Contact our offices today for more information about your dog bite injury.