• Robert Hobkirk

Personal Injury: Dog Bites

Dogs are often called "man’s best friend," but under certain circumstances, even the gentlest of dogs can bite. Getting bitten can be a traumatic experience, especially since the majority of victims are children. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year in the U.S., and over 800,000 of these dog bites require emergency medical treatment.

Dog bite injuries can be severe. You may need medical attention at an emergency room or urgent care center. Common injuries include, Staph or MRSA infections, Rabies, lacerations, bruising, broken bones, nerve or muscle damage, and disfigurement or scaring.

The dog’s owner can be responsible for your medical and other expenses. Under Arizona law, you don’t need to prove that the dog had a history of aggression or violence to receive damages. If you can demonstrate that the dog bite took place, and you didn’t trespass on the owner’s property or intentionally provoke the animal, you will most likely be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Typically, you can seek compensation through the homeowner’s insurance for the responsible party. You can also file a personal injury claim against the owner. Keep in mind, you only have one year to file your claim. Contact the experienced attorneys at Brown & Hobkirk as soon as possible, so that we can help protect your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve.