You or a loved one has sustained an injury due to a dog bite incident. The medical bills will be rolling in soon, and you are not sure what to do next.
OK, so how do these cases work?
First, 'dog bite liability' is a fairly well-established area of the law in Arizona. Generally, if bitten by a dog, the dog owner is strictly liable to you for your injuries and damages.
There are only two defenses to dog bite liability in Arizona: Trespassing and/or Provocation.
Absent these, the dog owner is liable for the damage, and almost always, the owner’s homeowner’s policy will pay for the losses (regardless of where the bite occurs).
So, what should you do first?
How do you get the insurance information?
When should you communicate?
Is it required to give the recorded statement the insurance company is requesting?
What should you say?
What should you not say?
If you do not know the answers to the above questions, you should not handle any injury case on your own. If you do, you may be falling into a trap that insurance companies love: Dealing with an unrepresented victim.
If you find yourself in this position, do one thing first: Call Zachar Law Firm. Speak to one of our attorneys, get educated and then decide.
The call and information are free, so why not? There is no obligation and we are here to help injured victims.
Whether you then decide to pursue the case on your own or retain us, at least you will make that decision with a bit more knowledge and understanding.