Glendale Dog Bite / Animal Attack Attorney

If you have been injured by an animal attack such as a dog bite it is imperative that you contact an attorney who is experienced in handling cases related to animal attacks. Animal-related injuries take place more frequently than most people realize. In fact, nearly 4.7 million people each year are bitten by a dog. Out of these people, about 800,000 of them require medical attention.

You may think that just because you know an animal that it won’t bite you. But statistics prove that nearly 2/3 of all people bitten by a dog actually knew the dog. Just because a dog bites you does not mean it is a bad dog. Some animals have a bad moment and react in unforeseen ways. Regardless of whether or not you knew the dog that has bitten you, it is crucial that you seek medical treatment and consult an attorney as soon as possible to make sure you obtain fair compensation for your injury.

With the help of an experienced attorney, you can focus on your recovery and healing process while the legalities of the case are handled for you. In Arizona dog owners and caretakers are strictly liable for all injuries caused by a dog bite. This means that the person responsible for the dog that bit you is held liable for the injury that you sustained regardless of whether the person responsible for the dog was negligent. Therefore, you may recover medical bills that you incurred as a result of the dog bite as well as other financial obligations, such as paying you for lost wages and other miscellaneous costs related to the injury.

Dog bite cases are unique because under strict liability your claim must be filed within 1-year of the bite. This is a shorter statute of limitations than a negligence case. Although you can still pursue a negligence case for a dog bite injury it is preferable to file your claim within 1 year so that you can avail yourself to all possible legal theories of recovery including strict liability against the dog’s owner or caretaker.

Depending on the injury you sustained from an animal bite or animal attack, your medical bills could easily reach into the tens of thousands of dollars, especially if you have to go under the knife and have reconstructive surgery. The healing process can oftentimes take months. It is during this time that you will want to rest and relax at ease knowing you are making as full of a recovery as possible. Contact Attorney David Klink today and you can take comfort in knowing all possible compensation will be recovered for your dog bite injury claim.

David J. Klink, Attorney at Law

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