Dogs bite 4.5 million people, send 334,000 to emergency rooms, and kill 17 Americans each year. One insurer reported 14,000 dog bite claims and $80 million in liability claims in a recent year. Unfortunately, children receive six of ten dog bites.
If you or a family member is bitten by a dog, below are immediate steps to take:
- Get medical attention
- Report the incident to law enforcement and animal control
- Contact an experienced dog bit lawyer immediately
Any dog, no matter how well trained and friendly can bite, and its owners should be liable. Here are steps we may take to help our clients receive fair compensation from animal bite incidents.
- Check for license, collar, inoculations, and the like
- Interview veterinarians
- Review law enforcement and animal control reports
- Talk to witnesses, neighbors, and mail carriers
A serious attack:
After a 100 pound dog attacked a jogger, she underwent spinal and facial surgery and pain management treatment. Her attorney sued the dog’s owner, alleging he knew his dog was vicious and he violated municipal animal control ordinance.
A jury awarded the women compensatory damages and prejudgment interest.
Please be safe around dogs that you are unfamiliar with, and always stay aware and cautious. If you do find yourself in an unfortunate situation, it is very imporant to speak with an experienced phoenix dog bite lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours in the past. Stay safe!