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dog bite injury compensation amounts

Dog bite claims are some of the most painful personal injury claims that we handle at Negretti & Associates. Our clients not only suffer physical injuries, but they also endure psychological trauma. There is a real mental component to being bitten by a dog. A bite will rattle most people and make them hesitant around dogs for the rest of their lives.

As we work with clients, we’re often asked questions about dog bite injury compensation amounts. With hopes that we can offer some insight into dog bite compensation and help you be better informed going forward, we have compiled answers to this list of commonly asked questions.

That said, if you have been involved in a dog bite and you don’t find the answer to your question, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to have a one-on-one conversation about your dog bite. You can contact us online, call us at 1-833-827-3535, or send us a text. We can ensure that you are taking all the necessary steps toward getting the compensation you deserve.

What Is the Average Compensation for a Dog Bite?

Let’s debunk a myth about dog bite injury compensation amounts.

There is no “average compensation” for a dog bite claim. There is no such thing as a settlement calculator for a dog bite claim.

Saying that there is an average dog bite is like saying every dog bite is the same. It not only minimizes the bite itself, but it also puts compensation in a box. This is factually flawed logic — a way of thinking that the insurance industry would love for you to subscribe to.

You see, if you believe there is an “average,” then insurance can convince you to resolve your case for an average, which may equate to pennies on the dollar.

Remember, your dog bite is not like any other. The bite you suffered is unique. It is personal. Your compensation should be, as well.

If an attorney gives you an average, consider them average and find another one!

How Much Do Insurance Companies Pay for Dog Bites?

Rather than ask the question How much do insurance companies pay for dog bites? recast the question as How much should I be compensated in order to resolve my claim? By flipping the script, you’re putting yourself in a much stronger position.

After all, you were the one who has been bitten. You are the one who decides whether the insurance company is offering you proper compensation.

The obvious question that follows is What is proper compensation? This is where a good, experienced attorney can be an incredible resource. A good attorney will summon his or her professional experience and past successes to arrive at an idea of proper compensation.

Understanding and advising on proper dog bite injury compensation amounts is exactly what the attorneys at Negretti & Associates excel in. We have handled a lot of different types of dog bite claims. When you hire Negretti & Associates, you automatically have a competitive advantage over an insurance company. We don’t advise clients to settle a claim if we wouldn’t take the settlement ourselves.

How Likely Is It for a Dog Bite Case to Go to Trial?

Dog bite cases, and frankly all personal injury cases, are unpredictable. When you initiate a claim, there is always a possibility of trial. It would be disingenuous to tell you that there is no way your case is going to trial.

How likely is it for a dog bite case to go to trial? The likelihood is greater than zero percent. But it’s a slight number — less than 5 percent.

The important thing to remember is that, as a client of a law firm, you are in control. You have the final say in how far your case goes.

As your dog bite case develops, up until you file a lawsuit, you are in the proverbial “driver’s seat.” However, once you file a lawsuit, you lose what we call total control and you become only partially in control. That’s because you have now engaged in a legal proceeding with another party. The court oversees that proceeding and has a say in what happens with your case.

How Long Will a Dog Bite Trial Last?

If your case were to end up in trial, the complexity of your case would be one factor in determining how long your trial would last. The more complex your case is, the longer the trial might be.

However, the court has the final say on the length of your trial and will shepherd things along to ensure that both parties get equal time to present their respective cases.

How Long Does It Take to Settle a Dog Bite Claim?

As discussed above, you should settle your claim when the insurance company offers you proper compensation for your dog bite. Until that time, you should not settle your claim.

In order to achieve proper a dog bite injury compensation amount, you need to offer the insurance company documented evidence of your dog bite. You have to offer the insurance company a comprehensive package of information to convince them to resolve your claim for proper compensation.

A comprehensive package is not limited solely to medical bills. It is also not just limited to photographs of your injuries.

Just as you wouldn’t make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the bread, don’t settle your claim without fully understanding what ingredients you need to send the insurance company.

A trusted advisory board like the attorneys at Negretti & Associates can help you put together that package of information to ensure that when you decide to settle your dog bite claim, you are doing so for proper compensation.

Contact Negretti & Associates with Your Dog Bite Questions

If you have been bitten by a dog, it’s important to get medical treatment right away. After that, you’ll need to begin collecting evidence as quickly as possible.

Negretti & Associates offers a team of experienced dog bite lawyers in Arizona, California, and Colorado. Contact us so that we can evaluate your situation and help you determine if your case is worth pursuing. Call us at (602) 531-3911 in Arizona, (619) 777-3370 in California, or (720) 636-3444 in Colorado. You can also contact us online or send us a text.

dog bite laws arizona california colorado

Dogs are considered to be part of the family, offering a wide range of benefits — companionship, unconditional love, lower blood pressure, exercise, and opportunities for children to learn responsibility. Dogs are especially loved in Arizona, which has the highest percentage of dog owners in the United States. Approximately 1.7 million (43.3 percent) Arizona households include man’s best friend!

However, what happens if your beloved family dog bites another individual?

Common Law and Colorado’s “One Bite Rule”

Under the common law, a person that was injured by a dog could recover if they proved that the owner knew, or should have known, that the animal had a predisposition to cause harm. This was known as the “one bite rule.”

Under the Colorado “one bite rule,” an owner generally would not be held liable if his or her dog bit someone for the first time, because the owner would never have known that the dog had a predisposition to cause harm. However, once the dog had bitten someone (or growled and snapped), the owner would know that the dog had the ability to cause harm, and could be held liable if the dog bit a person in the future.

Colorado is included in a list of states that apply the “one bite rule.”

Arizona and California Dog Bite Law

Arizona and California, however, impose strict liability on the owner of a dog in dog bite cases. This means that in Arizona and California, dogs do not get “one free bite.” Owners will be held strictly liable for the injuries caused by their dogs without regard to an owner’s knowledge of the dog’s predisposition to cause harm.

Arizona Revised Statute 11-1025 and California Civil Code section 3342 govern dog bite cases. Arizona and California law explain that a dog’s owner is liable if his or her dog bites a person who is in a public place or lawfully in a private place when the bite occurs, “regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of its viciousness.”

Two common defenses that may be raised in an Arizona or California dog bite case include trespassing and provocation. Since both laws require the injured person to “lawfully” be in a public or private place when the injury occurs, a person who is trespassing would be on the premises unlawfully. Therefore, the trespasser would be unable to recover damages. Additionally, the statute states that an injured person cannot recover if the person “provoked” the dog. Although provocation was initially directed at military or police dogs, it is a common defense for household pets as well.

Damages

Although the dog owner is liable for any injuries caused by their dog, often their insurance company will ultimately pay for the damages. Additionally, rental, business and landlord insurance may also cover dog bite injuries. Some damages that may be recovered from a dog bite case include: lost wages, medical bills, future medical bills, therapy, pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.

Dogs add such a wonderful facet to life. Please take the time to review your state’s dog bite laws to keep your family, which includes your dog, and others safe.

Negretti & Associates Can Help

If you have been bitten by a dog, it’s important to get medical treatment right away. After that, you’ll need to begin collecting evidence as quickly as possible. Contact our team of dog bite lawyers so that we can evaluate your situation and help you determine if your case is worth pursuing.

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.