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A serious dog bite can lead to more than just physical pain and scarring. It can lead to a lifelong fear of dogs – a fear that is so debilitating that it causes the victim to feel panic or anxiety whenever a dog is nearby.
Dogs are considered man’s best friend, but the fact of the matter is that canines are animals and their behavior can be unpredictable. Dog bites are an epidemic in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.7 million people sustain dog bite injuries every year in the United States. Among these dog attack victims, 800,000 have to obtain medical attention and half are children.
Contact the Law Offices of Nathan Hogle today at 480-999-0646 for a free legal consultation regarding your Maricopa County dog bite case.
Dog bite claims make up their fair share of serious personal injury cases – more than you may think! Here are some statistics:
- The insurance industry pays more than $1 billion in dog-bite claims each year. State Farm Insurance Company paid more than $109 million on about 3,800 dog bite claims nationwide in 2011. In 2010, State Farm had approximately 3,500 claims and $90 million in payouts.
- The Insurance Information Institute estimated that nearly $479 million in dog bite claims were paid by all insurance companies in 2011, and in 2010, it was $413 million.
- The CDC says that approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Over half of the victims are children. Most of these bites are not serious. But approximately 800,000 people seek medical attention for the bites each year. Sixteen people a year die from dog bites. It has to be said: most of these are from pit bulls. Still, at least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the last 238 dog-bite-related fatalities in the U.S.
- Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered.
- The median (not average) dog bite verdict in Maryland over the last 23 years is $24,600.
- At particular risk for dog bits are (1)children ages 5 to 9 years old, (2) seniors, and (3) postmen. Children are the biggest risk. Kids are 900 times more likely to be attacked than a letter carrier.
- State Farm’s average cost per dog bite nationally in 2011 was $28,799.
- Approximately one-fourth of dog bite claims involve unrestrained dogs off of their owners’ property.
The Dog’s Owner Can Be Held Liable
If you or your child has suffered a dog bite injury, you may be wondering if compensation is available. Medical treatment for dog bites can be expensive, especially for serious injuries, such as puncture wounds, excess bleeding, swelling, heavy bruising, deep lacerations, abrasions and bone fractures. Dog attacks have also been known to cause physical scarring, disfigurement and emotional trauma.
In Arizona, dog bite cases generally fall under “strict liability.” Basically, under Arizona dog bite law, if a dog bites, the owner can be held liable. You do not have to prove that there was negligence involved. You may be able to recover compensation that includes medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish and other damages caused from the vicious dog attack.
Mesa Dog Bite Lawyer Who Offers Big Firm Experience with Small Firm Attention
The time period following a serious canine attack is overwhelming. You probably have a lot of questions and may be concerned over the prognosis of the dog bite injuries. Following a dog bite, you deserve to receive individual attention from an experienced Mesa dog bite attorney who will take the time to explain every step of the process. This attention is often not available from the large firms that spend thousands on television commercials and full page Yellow Pages ads.
Attorney Nathan Hogle possesses big firm experience and has spent a lot of his career litigating cases and defending some of the major insurance companies. He therefore knows what insurers are looking for in dog bite cases and can use this knowledge to help you receive compensation for your injuries.
When you call the Law Offices of Nathan Hogle at 480-999-0646, you will be able to speak directly to Nate.
The Law Offices of Nathan Hogle is located in Mesa, Arizona, but handles dog bite cases throughout Maricopa County, including Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Anthem, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and Buckeye.
Attorney Nathan Hogle is located in Mesa, Arizona, and handles cases throughout Maricopa County, including Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Anthem, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and Buckeye.
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Library for Dog Bites:
- Is The Dog’s Owner Responsible for Injuries? It’s Time You Found Your Answer.Read this article to find out if the dog’s owner is responsible for your injuries. For a free case evaluation, contact an experienced Phoenix dog bite lawyer at our office today.
- A Single Dog Bite is All It Takes to Cause Serious InjuryOne single dog bite can lead to serious injuries. Read this article to learn more and contact Phoenix dog bite attorney Nathan Hogle for a free case evaluation.
- Aggressive Dog Behavior Can Cause Serious InjuriesDog bites can cause serious physical and emotional injuries. If you, or a loved one, have sustained a dog bite injury, an experienced Phoenix dog bite attorney at the Law Offices of Nathan Hogle may be able help you recovery compensation for your injuries.
- Dog Bite Prevention Tips for Adults and Children in ArizonaDog attacks can lead to serious injuries. Find out how to avoid dog bite injuries by reading this article and contact a Phoenix dog bite lawyer at the Law Offices of Nathan Hogle today at 480-999-0646 if you have been the victim of a dog attack in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Anthem, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City or Buckeye.
Frequent Questions for Dog Bites:
- A dog bit my daughter while we were watching a soccer game. The owner of the dog had let it off the leash. Is that allowed?
- My son was playing at our neighborhood park when a dog attacked him. The owner was nearby, but had let the dog off the leash. By the time the dogs owner grabbed the animal, my son was already badly injured. Can we sue the owner of the dog?