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Mesa Dog Bite Attorneys

Regardless of whether you’re a dog lover, getting bit by a dog can be an extremely serious matter. The bite can cause physical and emotional pain and scarring. If you’re bitten by a dog in Mesa or the surround areas, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced dog bite attorneys of Hasting & Hastings are here to help you understand the legal process and to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to receive. Don’t wait – schedule your free consultation now.

What Are the Most Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites in Mesa?

The size of the dog or whether the dog was roaming or not doesn’t matter. Dog bites can cause serious injuries that require medical care. In Mesa, the most common injuries caused by dog bites include:

  • Scrapes
  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Infections
  • Rabies (or the need for proactive treatment if it is unknown whether or not the dog has rabies or has received its rabies shot)
  • Tetanus (or the need for a tetanus shot)
  • Broken bones
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Nerve damage

Does Mesa Have Strict Liability for Dog Bites?

Although Mesa has strict liability for dog bites, the law does have a few nuances. If you were on private property and you were bit by a dog, you must have had what is known as a “lawful presence” on that property. For example, you’re on good terms with your neighbor and you were returning a baking dish and a dog bit you. Another example is if you were leaving a shopping center and a dog bit you. If you were trespassing and a dog on that property bit you, the owner of the dog would not be liable.

One fact that will be considered is whether the dog was provoked by you to bite or attack. So, it’s important that you do not provoke a dog or you could carry some liability. Additionally, the dog owner may not be the person responsible for your injury. For example, if someone were taking care of the dog or walking the dog on the owner’s behalf, that person may carry the liability for what happened to you.

It’s best to get a case review from an experienced Mesa personal injury attorney to understand your potential legal rights.

Dog Bite Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation

The compensation that you may be entitled to receive depends on the facts surrounding your case. Examples include:

  • Immediate and on-going medical care
  • Time missed from work because of your injuries
  • Damages to any of your property
  • Injuries to your pet, if you had a pet with you
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering

It can be difficult to quantify a dollar amount for some of those categories, especially in a blog post. It depends on what happened. We urge you to contact Hastings & Hastings to talk with our experienced Mesa dog bite attorneys to learn more about compensation.

Get Help From Our Mesa Dog Bite Attorneys

If you’re bitten by a dog, you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim. To get help with your claim and to learn how you may be eligible to receive compensation, schedule a free consultation with the experienced Mesa dog bite lawyers of Hastings & Hastings now.