arizona dog bite laws

Dogs are known as “man’s best friend.” But, unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

According to the American Humane Association, an estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year — and 800,000 of those bites require medical attention.

The personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates have experience in representing victims of dog bites.

“It is critical for dog owners and victims of dog bites to remember that Arizona is a ‘no free-bite state,'” explained Jonathan Negretti, founder of Negretti & Associates.

“Some states allow the dog owner to get away with the dog’s first bite. But not Arizona, where the owner can be held liable for the dog’s very first bite.”

What To Do If You Have Been Bitten by Someone Else’s Dog

If you’ve been the victim of a dog bite, consider the following:

  • Gather the owner’s contact information and breed of the dog.
  • Gather the contact information of any eyewitnesses.
  • Take photos of the location where the bite happened.
  • Take photos of the injury immediately after the bite occurred.
  • Seek medical attention promptly and clearly describe what happened to medical professionals.
  • Continue to take pictures of your injuries throughout the healing process.

Strict statutes of limitations exist for dog bite cases. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, contact the personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates to schedule a free case review today.

tips to avoid distracted driving

When does a smartphone make you dumb?

When you’re driving!

Every day, news reports tell of car accidents that occur all over Arizona. Some accidents are mild fender-benders, but others are incredibly horrific, with multiple causalities.

Distracted driving has been described as a “deadly epidemic” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates encourage drivers to consider the following tips to avoid distracted driving:

  • No texting and driving.
  • No emailing and driving.
  • If you must talk on your phone, use a hands-free device.
  • Secure any animals in the car.
  • Avoid eating and driving.
  • If you drop something, do not try to pick it up while driving. Pull over first.
  • Change the music by using the buttons on the steering wheel, if available.
  • Try to keep young children happy with singing, in-vehicle movies, talking, or easy games, like eye-spy.
  • Avoid conversations that can result in an escalation to a heated and emotional argument.
  • Avoid using your smartphone as a navigation device, unless you can turn on the auto prompts.

If you notice a distracted driver on the road, be sure to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and theirs. If you are worried the driver is about to cause harm to others, use your hands-free device to call 911.

If you’ve been in an auto accident and you believe the driver was distracted, contact the personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates. We will review your accident and your case for free.

what to do after a slip and fall accident

If you’ve experienced a slip and fall accident, your first priority is to seek medical attention, if you think your injury requires immediate medical assistance.

Beyond seeking medical attention, the personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates recommend the following:

Gather contact information: Create a list of the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses, business managers, business staff members.

Ask to have an incident report generated: If practical, ask the business or place where the slip and fall occurred to create an incident report to memorialize the event.

Take pictures: Photograph the location where the slip occurred and its surrounding area.

Compile documentation related to medical attention: Be sure to give a detailed report to your medical provider about how and where the fall happened.

If you experience a slip and fall accident, you may be in too much pain to gather contact information or take photographs. If this is the case, ask someone who is with you or even an eyewitness to help you.

Remember, a slip and fall accident can require expensive medical treatment, but also may involve the loss of time and wages. If you or your loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the slip and fall attorneys in Arizona, California, and Colorado at Negretti & Associates to review your case.

common slip and fall injuries in arizona
There is no shortage of active things to do in Arizona — there’s golfing, hiking, swimming, skiing, and biking, just for starters. But injuries don’t just happen while we’re playing sports or participating in physical activities.

The personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates have seen cases of slip-and-fall accidents that have resulted from a variety of events. Falls can happen anywhere — at grocery stores, gyms, neighborhood pools, doctor’s offices, and resorts.

Although Arizona attracts “snowbirds” during the winter months, it’s not just the 55-and-older generation that experiences significant injury as a result of a slip and fall accidents.

“No matter the age, if a person experiences a slip and fall accident, significant trauma can be done to the body,” stated Jonathan Negretti, founder of Negretti & Associates. “Each slip-and-fall case is so unique and the injury to the victim can be lifelong.”

Common Slip and Fall Injuries in Arizona

The most common injuries from slip and fall accidents include:

  • Head injury: Shattered eye orbital, road rash and concussions.
  • Back and neck injury: Spinal cord damage, broken vertebrae, and slipped disc.
  • Breaks and sprains: Arms, legs, ankles, and hips.

Many of these injuries require extensive medical treatment and aftercare. Unfortunately, some slip and fall accidents result in temporary or permanent paralysis, sometimes even death.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates to review your case.