Holding Dog Owners Accountable For Serious Attacks
Dogs are man’s best friend, but some dogs are friendlier than others. The majority of the dogs in the U.S. are friendly, well-cared-for and trained to behave around people but some dogs are not. There are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites each year. Many of these are nips where the animal mistook a finger for a treat, or the dog felt threatened in some way. However, sometimes it is a matter of an owner not training the dog or keeping the animal under control.
The Law Offices of Mohammed Alzaidi regularly represents clients in the Phoenix area with dog bite injuries. If a dog has bitten you (or your child), the dog’s owner should be held responsible. Not only are there initial medical bills to consider, but also perhaps a procedure that involves plastic surgery to minimize the scars. There is also the pain and suffering to consider for enduring such a frightening experience.
What To Do If A Dog Bites
If someone is attacked by a dog, here’s what you should do:
- Always get owner info: It is important to get the dog owner’s information, including their homeowners policy that covers animal bites.
- Call animal care and control: Arizona law requires any person with direct knowledge of the dog bite to immediately contact animal control. This includes owners, victims and witnesses.
- Get a rabies shot: If the owner cannot be located or has not maintained the licensing and shots, it is wise for the victim to get a rabies shot.
- Quarantine the dog: It must be confined at a pet hospital or the dog pound for 10 days. They may further hold the dog if it is determined to be vicious by the courts.
Who Is Responsible?
Arizona dog owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs. If the victim was in a public space or was on the owner’s property at their invitation, a claim can be made. It does not matter if the dog has bitten someone before. If the dog owner is convicted of a crime related to the dog bite, victims can pursue a claim to pay for medical bills, lost wages and property damage, as well as pain and suffering.
Contact Us If You Or A Loved One Is Bitten
Dog bites can be traumatic. Make sure a negligent owner doesn’t get anyone else bit by holding them accountable. Call 602-705-0222 or toll-free at 877-900-1791 to schedule a free initial consultation with Phoenix attorney Mohammed Alzaidi. We can also be reached through this website’s contact page.
We also offer evening and weekend appointments by request. Home and hospital visits are also available. Telephones are answered 24 hours a day. Unlike most lawyers who require that you pay 33.3 percent of your recovered compensation in fees, we offer a more reasonable contingency fee of 25 percent of your recovery for nonlitigated cases. We offer services in Spanish and Arabic.