While some dog breeds are unfairly categorized as “dangerous,” the truth is that any breed of dog is capable of biting and injuring a person in the right circumstances. Anyone in the Phoenix area who is bitten by a dog needs to know his or her rights and what options are available for legal recourse in the event of a serious injury. Dog bite laws vary from state to state. The best course of action if you have been attacked by a dog is to contact Cullan & Cullan to see how we can help you establish your case. Our Phoenix dog bite attorneys also have degrees in medicine and use this legal and medical knowledge to benefit our clients in their personal injury claims. We fight to maximize our clients’ compensation, so they can rebuild their lives.
To learn more, call (602) 900-9483 and schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.
Establishing a Dog Bite Case in Phoenix, AZ
Dog bite cases can happen anywhere, and the circumstances of the incident will play a large role in the outcome of a case against the owner. While many cases involve negligence, or fall under Arizona’s strict liability law regarding dog bites, there are some situations where a dog owner may face criminal charges for an attack.
The owner of a dog that bites may face criminal charges in addition to any civil actions the victim files in certain situations:
- If the owner intentionally sets his or her dog loose to attack a person, it is classified as a class three felony.
- If the owner keeps a dog known to be aggressive and the dog attacks a person, it is a class five felony.
- If the owner of an aggressive dog fails to take proper precautions to prevent the dog from injuring anyone, the owner may face a class one misdemeanor. Such cases don’t require the dog to cause an injury for the owner to face charges.
Victims of dog bites may recoup damages for medical expenses, the costs of ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitative care, pain and suffering, lost wages from missed time from work, and any permanent disabilities that result from the incident.
Contact a Phoenix Dog Bite Lawyer Today
Anyone who has been bitten by a dog needs to know the options available for collecting damages. It is critical that evidence be preserved about the dog and the injuries. Social media can play an important role in preserving evidence in these cases. If you find yourself on either side of such a situation, it’s important to reach out to a reliable Phoenix dog bite attorney who can aggressively defend your rights.
Call us at (602) 900-9483 for a free case evaluation, and we can discuss your options.