They may be man’s best friend, but dogs are still animals and they can bite. Dog bites are quite common. Sometimes strays and other strange dogs will bite, but most of the 4.5 million Americans bitten per year are bitten by a dog they know. Unfortunately, half of those bitten are children between the ages of 5 and 9.
The external wounds may be small, but quite deep and serious. It is always a good idea to seek medical attention, particularly if you are unsure of the medical history of the animal that bit you.
Fite Law Group is very dedicated to serving the needs of people injured by animal bites. Years ago, when the housing market in Phoenix took a dive and many people were moving due to job loss and foreclosure, we handled a dog bite case in which a client was bitten by a neighbor’s dog – leaving her with a terrible scar and nerve damage. Before she hired us, the neighbor moved away. Through sheer determination, we not only tracked down the dog owner, but located insurance even after the neighbor told us repeatedly they had none.
That dedication is a part of ever case for us. If you or your child has been bitten by an animal and you want to know if you have a case, give us a call.
A little about the law
Dog bite injuries have a one year limit for strict liability, which was created by statute. You may still have a negligence claim after the one year period, but it is better to have more options than less and file before the 1 year limit is up.
Strict liability means that if a dog bites you, the owner is liable for damages as long as you were legally on the property where the bite happened. There is no “one free bite.”
Most of the laws that apply to dog bites in Arizona are contained in Arizona Revised Statutes §11-1025 and the following statutes.