Canines are widely renowned and considered to be â€śmanâ€™s best friendâ€ť. For the last 15,000 years, it is believed that domesticated dogs and man have lived together. Even today, owning a dog is incredibly popular. In 2002, the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) estimated that four out of every ten households in America owned at least one dog. If you go for a walk in the Rillito River Park, a hike along the Santa Cruz River Park, or even a simple stroll into downtown Tucson, youâ€™re bound to encounter dogs. Owning a dog is largely thought to be a healthy stress relief that can improve the overall quality of life. Unfortunately, there are potential dangers and liabilities that come with owning a dog.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year about 800,000 Americans have to seek medical help due to dog bites and attacks. Half of the attacks are against children ages 5-9. Of these about 386,000 require treatment in an emergency facility, with about 16 attacks resulting in a fatality. In 2006, a child in Drexel Heights, Tucson, was mauled to death by a pair of rottweilers that his parents owned. Dog bites are a grim reality. Fortunately, Arizona has strict laws in regards to dog bites.
In accordance with Arizona state law, dog bite claims in Tucson fall under the strict liability law. This means that if a dog attacks someone, negligence doesnâ€™t have to be proved.Â Even if the owner was unaware of the dogâ€™s vicious nature and the animal was unprovoked, the owner is still liable. Liability of the owner is held if the attack takes place in public or when the victim is lawfully on private property — even the owner of the dogâ€™s property. As a majority of dog attacks occur on the ownerâ€™s premises, this law is in place to protect the people. It also should be noted that an owner is held liable even if it is the first time the dog bites or attacks someone. In Tucson, there is no â€śfirst time offenseâ€ť forgiveness for dog bites.
Because dog bite claims must be filed against their owner, there is little legal action that can be taken if a stray dog bites you. Pima County and the city of Tucson cannot be held responsible for wild or stray dogs. This applies even if the victim or others have reported a stray animal.
If you have been the victim of a dog attack, seek the service of a Tucson attorney trained and experienced in the laws and regulations of dog bites and attacks. Here at the Tucson branch of Wattel & York, we have a vast array of knowledge concerning dog bite claims. All aspects of your case will be reviewed by trained professionals to ensure your full compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering related to your attack.
Finding the right medical specialist can be a tough task, especially when youâ€™re already dealing with emotional and physical injuries after a dog bite or attack. The attorneys at Wattel & York will set you up with the appropriate specialist for your injury. Additionally, we can put off the payment to these specialists until your trial is finished or your case settled. This is a courtesy we extend to all of our clients.
The Tucson dog bite attorneys at Wattel & York will fervently pursue the cause of your injury. Donâ€™t hesitate any longer if you are the victim of a dog bite or attack. The statute of limitations strictly dictates how long you have after your attack to file a claim. Contact an experienced Tucson attorney within Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to get started on your dog bite claim today. You can reach our Tuscon office at (520) 352-0183. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple case form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.
Here at Wattel & York, your initial consultation is always free and confidential. When we accept cases, our firm operates on a contingent fee basis. What this means to you is simple — you donâ€™t pay anything unless we win your case.
Call or contact us today, you may have a valid claim (entitling you to compensation) for personal injury as the result of a dog bite or attack.