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.