How Do I File a Dog Bite Report in Tucson?
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Dog bites can have devastating consequences, often leaving victims with scarring, nerve damage, and other injuries that require extensive medical treatment. These kinds of attacks not only harm an individual physically but can cause severe financial and psychological damages for years to come.
Arizona has strict liability laws in place for dog bites. This means that the owner of the dog that bites will be held liable and will have to pay for damages resulting from a dog bite, regardless of if the owner was negligent or if the dog has shown a propensity for biting in the past.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog or suffered an animal attack, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced Tucson dog bite attorney.
Who to Contact After a Dog Bite
The most important thing to do after a dog bite is to seek medical treatment right away. Too many bite victims think their injuries are not severe, when in reality, such injuries can result in rabies, become infected, or cause unsightly scarring that may have otherwise been prevented. Infections resulting from animal bites can be deadly, so it is important to treat any injuries you have as soon as possible. It is also crucial to have a medical professional create an official record that could be beneficial to you later.
Local Animal Control
Even if you want to merely brush the incident off, both the victim of a dog bite and the dog’s owner are required by Arizona law to report the incident to a county enforcement officer as soon as possible. Any animal bite can be reported to the Pima Animal Care Center at (520) 724-5900 to meet this requirement. The officers responding to calls are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
It is better to report the bite sooner rather than later, in order to initiate the investigation as soon as possible and to preserve your rights. Be prepared to describe the dog that did the biting in as much detail as possible when making the report. For example, take note of the breed of the dog, its coat color, any unusual markings, and its approximate size.
A dog owner may have a valid defense if someone tried to provoke their dog, and that is what led to the biting. Regardless of if this actually happened or not, the owner might allege that you provoked the dog before he or she bit you. Therefore, it will be useful if you can speak to a witness who saw the events. Make sure to write down his or her contact information in the likely event that you will need to speak to him or her again.
Skilled Dog Bite Lawyer
Finally, make sure to seek out a skilled dog bite attorney in order to assess and file your claim. An experienced dog bite attorney can help you compile evidence, talk to witnesses, and get the most out of your dog bite claim. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
Get Help from Our Tucson Dog Bite Attorneys
At Zinda Law Group, our dog bite lawyers have helped countless individuals get their lives back on track after suffering a dog bite. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and to pursue maximum recovery. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or animal attack, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer in Tucson. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.