Scottsdale Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Were you or your loved one injured in a dog attack? If so, you might be entitled to significant compensation. Dog bites cause a range of physical and emotional harm that can last long after the attack. In addition to the initial damage of the incident, victims might suffer long-term and costly consequences, such as rabies or PTSD.
If you have been injured in a dog attack, the experienced Scottsdale dog bite injury lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group can help you get the justice and compensation you’re owed. Contact us today for a free case evaluation and to learn more about how we can help you. Call us at (480) 867-7177, contact us online, or connect with us through Facebook or Twitter.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Handle My Dog Bite Injury Case?
A knowledgeable dog bite injury lawyer can help you get the full compensation you deserve. They can also determine liability and gather the evidence necessary to prove your case.
Dog attacks are horrific and traumatize victims for years. If your dog attack injury was caused through no fault of your own, you shouldn’t have to suffer further by paying mounting medical bills.
However, to get compensation in a dog attack lawsuit to cover these bills and other injury-related expenses, you must prove that the dog caused your injuries and the attack happened because the person you are suing did something negligent. Since so many confusing rules apply to dog bite cases, proving liability and negligence is particularly challenging if you try to handle the case on your own.
Additionally, without a knowledgeable dog bite injury attorney on your side, the owner and their insurance company might take advantage of your shock after the attack and talk you into a low settlement. After a dog attack, the animal’s owner or keeper or their insurance company might contact you and offer you money to try to keep you from taking them to court.
Given the long-term impacts of dog attacks, this offer might be much lower than the money you’ll need to cover the expenses from the incident. However, an experienced dog bite injury lawyer can help you get the maximum compensation you are owed.
Why Should I Choose the Dog Bite Injury Lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group?
If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, you don’t have to face this terrifying incident all alone. The compassionate dog bite attack attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group will stand by your side and help you fight for the compensation and justice you’re owed. We have years of experience fighting for victims just like you who have suffered because of someone else’s negligence.
Our experienced attorneys have the skills and resources to handle all aspects of your case – from gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies – so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Along the way, we will not only vigorously defend you, but we will also give you the personal attention you deserve and make sure all your questions about the case are answered. We care so much about our clients that we don’t charge upfront fees. At The Bourassa Law Group, we work on contingency, which means that you will not have to pay unless we help you win your case.
Contact us today and see what the experienced Scottsdale dog bite injury attorneys at The Bourassa Law Group can do for you. Call us at (480) 867-7177, contact us online, or connect with us through Facebook or Twitter to set up your free consultation.
Types of Dog Bite Injury Cases We Handle
At The Bourassa Law Group, we have experience in helping clients recover from a wide variety of injuries. Some of the types of dog attack injury cases we handle include:
- Bites by dogs who are “at large” or not restrained by a leash
- Dog bites on private property
- Bites by dogs typically considered “dangerous,” such as pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, Siberian huskies, and Doberman pinschers
- Attacks by working dogs, such as police or service dogs
- Bites by previously non-aggressive dogs
- Dog attacks not involving a bite injury, such as tripping a person or knocking them over
What Kind of Compensation Could I Get If I Was the Victim of a Dog Attack?
Compensation will depend on the details of your case and the extent of your injuries. However, dog attack victims typically recover damages for things like:
- Outstanding medical bills
- Future medical expenses related to your injuries, including surgeries and therapies
- Lost wages while you were recovering from your injuries
- Reduced ability to earn future income if the injury prevents you from doing your job
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reduced ability to perform household functions or participate in activities you previously enjoyed
Who is Liable in a Dog Bite?
Most states have crafted laws specifically targeted at determining liability in dog attacks. Some states have a “one-bite rule,” which means you can sue dog owners after suffering a dog bite injury only if they knew the dog was aggressive. However, under Arizona’s “strict liability” law, you can hold the owner responsible, even it’s the first time the dog has bitten someone.
This “strict liability” law is applicable only to dog bites. To win a case under this rule, you must prove that the dog bite caused your injuries and you were lawfully on private property or in a public place when the dog bit you. For other types of dog attack injuries, such as a dog jumping and knocking you over, you must demonstrate that the dog owner failed to prevent the dog from attacking you.
In either type of case, you typically must also prove that you didn’t do anything to intentionally provoke the attack, such as hitting or poking the dog. This rule might be waived if the victim was a child who could not have reasonably known that the dog would bite them if they did something like pulling the dog’s tail. Additional restrictions apply to cases against government entities. For example, suspects typically cannot sue if a police dog injured them while they were fleeing the scene of a crime.
You must also demonstrate that you were legally on the property where you were injured. If you were trespassing, you typically cannot recover damages for a dog attack except in certain instances. For example, the dog’s owner might still be liable if the trespasser was a child or the landowner set a trap to purposely injure trespassers.
If you were partially responsible for the attack, you might still be able to file a lawsuit due to comparative negligence rules. However, the money you will be able to recover might be significantly reduced. For example, if the total cost of your damages was $10,000 and you were 40% at fault, you would only receive $6,000 for your injuries.
Beyond the dog owner, other people might be liable as well. Per Arizona law, a dog “owner” might include temporary or professional caretakers. For example, if your neighbor was caring for a friend’s dog for two weeks, and the dog attacked you during this time, your neighbor might be liable. If the caretaker is a minor, their parents might also be liable.
Additionally, professionals like groomers, dog walkers, veterinary technicians, and shelter or kennel operators might be partially responsible if the attacked happened while the dog was in their care. Other parties that might hold some responsibility include landlords if they allowed tenants to keep dangerous dogs on their property.
How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit?
Each state has laws that define the deadline for filing lawsuits (statute of limitations), which vary from state to state. In Arizona, victims of dog attacks generally have one to two years to file a claim, depending on the details of this case. After this deadline, it is often impossible to seek damages for the attack.
However, these laws are subject to many exceptions that might shorten or lengthen the amount of time you have to file a dog bite lawsuit. For example, if the victim was a child, the one-year clock might not even begin until the victim turns 18. An experienced dog bite injury lawyer can help you understand which rules and timelines apply to your circumstances.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Dog Bite Injury Attorney?
If you hire The Bourassa Law Group, you will pay no upfront fees for your dog bite case. Some law firms charge hundreds or thousands of dollars to just evaluate or start investigating your case, and expenses continue to mount as they pursue your case. However, at The Bourassa Law Group, we work on a contingency basis. This means that your initial consultation is completely free, and you won’t pay a dime unless we help you win your case.
Contact a Scottsdale Dog Bite Injury Attorney Today
Don’t wait a moment longer to get on the road to recovery. Contact the knowledgeable dog bite injury lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group today, and let us fight for your legal rights and maximum compensation. Set up your free and confidential consultation by calling us at (480) 867-7177, contacting us online, or connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter.