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Each year there are approximately 350,000 victims of dog bites that are seen in emergency rooms, while there are 850,000 that need some sort of medical attention from a bite. This does not even include the numerous other attacks that may not result in serious injury, but could still cause damage both physically and emotionally. The Center for Disease Control did some research from 2001-2003 and figured that during that three year time period, there were 4.5 people hurt in some way by a dog bite. This number appears to be rising and the losses that people seem to be experiencing from these types of incidents total over $1 billion annually.
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According to the Arizona Revised Statues §11-1025, it imposes a strict code of conduct for owners and their dogs. The owner is held liable for any and all bite injuries that take place towards another individual who is on their property and has lawful presence to be there. It does not matter if the owner did not know or realize the level of viciousness displayed by their pet they are responsible for the actions of their animals while on their property or out and about.
Any trespasser that wanders onto a person’s property without prior invitation cannot pursue damages for any injuries; however, this is not always the case with young children. Toddlers may venture towards a dog out of curiosity, only to be bitten. In this case, the owner may be liable if they did not provide proper fencing, signs or mechanisms to prevent dog bites from happening. Many dog bite cases are determined on an individual basis as there are so many different factors that can influence a situation.
SEEKING COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LOSSES
Unfortunately, out of these hundreds of thousands of victims, only about 16,000 people ever receive any compensation from the insurance companies. This comes out to about only 3 or 4 victims out of every 1,000 people that actually receive help, which is a staggeringly low statistic. Arizona is extremely strict when it comes to laws related to dog bite injuries. There is no such thing as “one free bite” or an excuse for owners that claim that their dogs have never bitten before. In cases where the dog owner is found to be liable for the incident, the victim has the right to pursue restitution for the following items:.
Any medical costs including medications, hospital charges, emergency room fees, doctor visits, or ambulance charges
All lost income
The entire estimated cost that it will take to pursue certain surgeries and procedures to help heal wounds, scars and any other severe physical disfigurements
Costs to replace personal property that may have been damaged
Financial help to cover any injuries towards another pet or the loss of the pet’s life
Any counseling costs due to the trauma
This is not an entirely comprehensive list and it is highly important that you seek out the help of a practiced Surprise personal injury attorney to learn more about the recovery that you may be entitled to receive.
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With a history of success assisting his clients both in and out of the courtroom, Attorney Gerber is more than qualified to handle any type of injury case. He understands and has compassion on those that have been injured due to dog bites throughout the state of Arizona. Knowing full well that certain dog attacks can result in catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death of a loved one, Attorney Gerber is here to provide you with the knowledgeable legal representation that you deserve. With more than 20 years of experience, contact our Peoria and Surprise personal injury attorney today to learn how his personalized attention to detail could help garner restitution on your behalf.