If you have been bitten by a dog, contact Animal Control and seek medical attention immediately. After you have assessed your situation, it is important to contact counsel so we may aid in the investigation and documentation of your injury.
In Arizona, a dog bite is typically a strict liability situation. This means that the dog owner, with a few exceptions, is always liable for the damage their dog causes. The liability of the dog owner is paid through their renter’s or homeowner’s insurance.
It is important to note that in Arizona the statute of limitations for a dog bite case is one year. This is half the time of a typical injury claim’s statute of limitations. This means that you must document your injury as completely and thoroughly as possible before one year’s time from the date of the dog bite. This makes selecting an attorney essential, as you need to have someone who is familiar with dog-bite situations and how to document what may be a permanent injury as a result of someone else’s dog. At Hastings & Hastings, you will meet with a licensed attorney, not a paralegal, thus providing you with someone who completely understands your situation and can best pursue your legal remedies.