If you are bitten by a dog in Arizona and aren’t sure of your legal rights, rest assured you are not alone. According to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 4.7 million dog bite incidents occurred in the United States in 1996, the year in which such data was most recently collected. Thousands of people sought medical treatment following an attack by one or more dogs that year. More recently, we’ve all seen frightening reports of extreme disfigurement or death suffered by victims of the grimmest dog attacks on the news, especially when breeds such as pit bulls were involved.
If you are bitten by an animal, get immediate medical treatment. Get the contact information for any witnesses and document your injuries and healing with photographs. It is important to contact an attorney experienced with insurance companies so that you can get the full value of your claim.
Men and women of all ages and, with alarming frequency, young children have been bitten by dogs. Not all of the dogs were strangers to the victims – some were well-known and trusted before they suddenly attacked. Complex issues can arise for which you require legal advice, especially if the dog involved in the biting incident belongs to a neighbor, friend, or relative. Attorneys John C. Giles and Spencer Dickson are prepared to assist victims of dog bites in Mesa by discussing their rights and collecting on all their damages, which can include:
- Ambulance and emergency room fees
- Loss of earnings, present and future
- Post-traumatic stress counseling fees
- Lingering pain and anxiety
- Scar Revision
A dog bite can result in infection, lingering pain, scarring, and psychological trauma, especially in children. These complications may not be immediately apparent right after the attack, but could develop even after a significant amount of time has passed. Be wary of insurance companies that try to settle immediately following the incident. Call our office for a free consultation before your accept any settlement from an insurance company.
Giles & Dickson of Mesa will negotiate with the insurance company to make sure any settlement covers all the damages resulting from an attack by a dog. Call our office for a free consultation at 480-964-3505. Hablamos Español.