Arizona Dog Bite Lawyers
A dog bite or attack can be a painful and traumatic experience. Dog attacks can cause severe injuries like scarring, disfigurement, and long-term psychological trauma. If you have been the victim of a dog bite or attack, The Bourassa Law Group can help. Our Arizona personal injury attorneys provide highly skilled legal representation to those in Arizona who are victims of dog attacks.
Arizona law states that when an individual is injured by a dog bite, the owner of the dog at the time of the attack may be legally liable to pay the victim’s damages. If you have been injured from a dog attack, you must prove that the dog’s owner failed to protect the public from their dog.
After this has been established, the amount of damages you have suffered must be determined so that you can receive the fair amount of compensation you deserve. The liability for damages will usually be covered by the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance.
Contact the experienced Arizona dog bite lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group today at (480) 867-7177 to schedule a free initial consultation about your case. Our skilled and compassionate Arizona personal injury lawyers will listen to your story, go over all of your legal options, and outline a plan to pursue the compensation you are entitled to.
Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?
Arizona follows “strict liability” when it comes to dog attacks. This means that the owner of the dog is held liable for injury when their dog attacks someone. While dog owners are held responsible when their animal bites or attacks another person, Arizona law provides the exception that they are liable only if the victim was in a public area or lawfully on private property.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we understand that you may want to avoid taking legal action following a dog attack out of sympathy for the dog or the dog’s owner, especially if they are a friend or neighbor. However, it’s in your best interest to file a claim, especially if you have endured substantial costs related to the dog attack.
Discussing the incident with an experienced Arizona dog bite attorney is the best thing you can do. The experienced dog bite attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will get the details of your dog bite accident and will advise you on what to do next while giving your case the personalized attention it requires.
When our lawyers take on your dog bite injury claim, we will document that your losses extend beyond physical injuries. This will ensure that you receive all the economic and noneconomic damages you are entitled to. Our attorneys will gather all the relevant information in your dog bite case and we will properly document the damages to present to the insurance company to get the maximum settlement. We will make sure your compensation covers reconstructive surgery and ongoing therapy if necessary.
If settlement negotiations with the insurance company are unsuccessful, then we will make a compelling case to court to get a jury verdict awarding compensation.
How The Bourassa Law Group Can Help
A dog attack can leave you with physical, mental, and emotional pain, as well as numerous costly medical bills, lost income from being unable to work, and loss of enjoyment of life. The trauma that comes with being attacked by a dog may leave you feeling helpless.
The Bourassa Law Group is ready to help you. Our Arizona dog bite lawyers have earned a reputation as among the most skilled and accomplished personal injury lawyers in the state. We have extensive knowledge of Arizona dog bite laws and the state court system as it applies to dog attacks.
Mark J. Bourassa, the founder of The Bourassa Law Group, is committed to representing injured people throughout the state of Arizona. Mr. Bourassa has successfully litigated and resolved numerous personal injury claims throughout his storied legal career. Mr. Bourassa is admitted to practice in all Arizona state courts.
Contact us now at (480) 867-7177 so we can get started on helping you get the compensation you are entitled to after your dog bite accident. Your initial consultation is free, and we will not charge you anything for our legal services until we win your case.
Types of Dog Bite Cases We Handle
The Arizona dog bite lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group represent victims who have sustained any type of injury from a dog attack. We handle dog attack cases that involve a wide array of injuries, including:
- Bone dislocations
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Tissue loss
- Neck injuries
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruising
- Sprains and strains
- Crush injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Nerve damage
- Disfigurement resulting from scars
- Rabies, tetanus, MRSA and other diseases and infections
- Eye injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The Arizona personal injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group do their best to help dog bite victims rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to helping clients recover compensation for such damages as:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Disability or permanent injury
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Therapy for emotional trauma
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Mental distress
- Punitive damages
No two dog attack cases are exactly alike. During your free, no-obligation consultation, our compassionate and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will listen to the facts of your dog attack and will be able to give you an idea of the types of damages you are eligible to recover.
Frequently Asked Questions
The seasoned dog bite lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group receive many questions from clients regarding dog attacks in Arizona. Below are a few of our most commonly asked questions. If you have additional questions about your particular case, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys.
What should I do if I have been bitten by a dog?
If you have been bitten by a dog, try to remain calm and take the following steps:
- Wash your wound with soap and water
- See a doctor or go to an emergency room as soon as possible
- Report the dog bite to your local animal care and control
- Confine the dog, if possible, but don’t put yourself in danger
- Write down details of the dog bite, including the breed of the dog, the location, the size and color of the dog, whether or not the dog was wearing a tag or on a leash, and the contact information of the dog’s owner
- Collect the contact info of any witnesses
- Take numerous photos of your injuries and the scene where the dog bite took place
- Hold on to all medical records related to your injuries
- Keep the clothing you wore during the dog bite; don’t wash or sew it
- Don’t speak with any insurance companies before first contacting an Arizona dog bite lawyer
Taking these steps will protect your health and help you to prepare for your free initial consultation with The Bourassa Law Group. Even if you have not taken all of the steps, don’t let that stop you from consulting with a qualified attorney.
What is the statute of limitations for dog bite cases in Arizona?
In Arizona, strict liability only applies when you file within the one-year (from the date of the dog bite) statute of limitations. That means that the owner of the dog that bites you is liable for the damages you suffer, regardless of the dog’s past viciousness or the owner’s knowledge of its dangerous behavior.
This statute applies to other types of dog attacks as well. For example, if a dog runs after you and you fall and break your arm while you try to escape, you may be able to file a claim for damages.
What if the one-year statute of limitations has passed? Can I still file a claim?
Yes. However, the elements you have to prove will change if you file after the one-year statute of limitations. You will be able to file a claim for negligence rather than for strict liability. This is why it is best to make a claim within the one-year time frame. It’s highly advisable that you consult with an Arizona dog bite lawyer as soon as you can following the dog attack.
Are certain breeds restricted by law in Arizona?
Yes. In certain residential areas or cities, a special license may be required to own particular dog breeds. Dog breeds that are commonly restricted include Rottweilers, Pit bulls, and Doberman pinschers. These breeds are often trained to be guard dogs because of their strength and aggressive nature.
What if I was bitten by a dog while working on someone else’s property?
If you are asked to work on someone else’s property in Arizona, it is typically the property owner’s responsibility to provide warning and sufficient safety measures (e.g., putting the dog on a leash or in a cage). If you were bitten by the dog because of the owner’s failure to exercise reasonable care, you could be eligible for compensation.
Contact a Dog Bite Attorney in Arizona
A dog bite can cause serious injuries leaving you with lifelong physical, mental, and emotional difficulties. However, an experienced Arizona dog bite lawyer can help you obtain the compensation that will cover your medical expenses and other damages.
The experienced lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group can help you overcome your financial challenges by holding the liable parties accountable. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won’t owe us a dime upfront. We only get paid whenever you recover compensation.
Call the skilled and compassionate Arizona dog bite lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group today at (480) 867-7177 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.