The aftermath of a dog bite can be severe. Dog bite injuries can result in scarring, disfigurement, emergency department treatment and inpatient or reconstructive surgery. Moreover, the aftermath of a dog bite, especially for children, often leads to both emotional and physical injuries that can last a lifetime. In Arizona, an owner of a dog who bites another individual is strictly liable for the injuries the dog causes. Even when you are injured not by the dog bite, but in your attempts to avoid being bitten, the owner of that dog can be liable for your injuries.
Moreover, the effects of a dog bite injury can linger. Dog bite injuries often require emergency room treatment, inpatient care, and consultation and management by a reconstructive surgeon. Often, the injuries, are permanent. But you may feel that lack of insurance or high premium insurance will prevent you from seeking a full recovery for your injuries. You may even feel that medical bills only compound the pain and suffering that you’ve already endured.
Scottsdale Dog Bite Attorney Simon P. Kennedy can help you, your child, and ultimately your family heal from the trauma and damage caused by a dog bite. We help you obtain the medical care you need and even make sure you or your child is able to obtain all the medical care and follow up treatment necessary.
According to the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services:
- There were 34,151 emergency department visits between 2008-2012 for dog bite injuries
- Of those, 2,358 patients required inpatient hospitalizations.
- In patient hospitalization during this period increased by 139%.
- Total charges for medical treatment during this period were $55 million with the median costs of $17,000 for inpatient treatment and $1,150 for emergency department visits.
- More than 70% of dog bite injuries occurred inside homes.
If you or your child have been bitten by a dog, contact Scottsdale Dog Bite Attorney Simon P. Kennedy for a free consultation. We will help you understand your rights and help find your medical care and future medical care that you need. With over 13 years’ experience litigating personal injury claims in Arizona, we have the experience to make sure you receive the best results for your case.
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