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Dog Bites and Personal Injury

A dog bite can result in serious injury to a victim, and should be taken seriously. If you’re the victim of a dog bite, seek medical attention immediately. There are many dangers associated with dog bites, including serious infections, particularly in the hand, where decreased circulation makes it harder for the body to fight infection.

Dog bites cause an average of 15 to 20 fatalities a year in the United States, and most of these victims are infants and young children. In small children, bites to the face, neck, or head are extremely hazardous.

Here’s what you need to know:

About the Law
Arizona law imposes strict liability for dog owners without regard for an owner’s previous knowledge as to a dog’s viciousness. This means that a dog’s owner is strictly liable for the dog’s actions. If a dog bites you — whether in a public or private space, the owner of that dog is liable for damages.

About Damages
Unless there is proof that you provoked the attack, you may receive damages for the injury you sustain. These damages include:
• Medical bills
• Damage to personal property (such as clothes, glasses, etc.)
• Lost wages
• Loss of earning capacity (an inability to earn equivalent wages due to permanent impairment)
• Pain and suffering
• Permanent disfigurement
• Punitive or exemplary damages (in extreme cases and dependant upon the circumstances)

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