Phoenix Dog Bite Finger Loss Lawyers
Dog Bite Liability - Loss of Finger or Use of Finger
Due to the fact that dogs were domesticated from wolves and other wild canines, they’ve inherited many of the physical attributes of their ancestors. One of these remaining attributes is a dog’s incredibly powerful jaws and sharp, pointed teeth. These were very important to the modern dog’s hunter forefathers for ripping flesh and crushing bone. Some of today’s larger, domesticated dogs have jaw strength equal to 200 pounds of pressure per square inch. While most dogs today eat food from a bag or a can, they still retain much of their jaw power, meaning dog bites can still be a source of severe injuries.
If you have been bitten by a dog, you may have suffered cuts, punctures, broken bones, infection, and/or nerve damage. These injuries will likely result in mounting medical bills and other losses. If this is the case, you may be able to recoup your losses through a dog bite claim. The legal team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. has been successfully representing Arizona dog bite victims for 20 years. Our Phoenix dog bite finger loss attorneys are ready to use our experience and legal knowledge to get you the settlement you deserve. Don’t delay; call (602) 267-1280 for a free case evaluation.
Dog Bite Liability
While most dogs truly are "man’s best friend," a dog will bite a human being under certain circumstances, usually in stressful situations where the animal is hurt, being protective, or feeling threatened. Other dogs may bite because they’ve been trained to, or have been abused. In any case, under Arizona Revised Statutes § 11-1025, a dog’s owner or custodian has strict liability for their pet’s actions. The only exceptions to this law are if the person bitten was provoking the dog or was trespassing on the property where the dog was contained.
Compensation for Loss of Finger or Loss of Use of Finger from Dog Bite
Because of their powerful jaws, a dog bite to a smaller body part like the hand can cause severe, sometimes permanent damage. In some cases, a dog bite may sever a finger or part of a finger, crush a finger bone, or inflict severe enough nerve damage to render that finger unusable. Depending on the occupation and lifestyle of the bite victim, loss of a finger or use of a finger can increase the amount of compensation the victim can be awarded. In addition to the normal medical bills, a person like a musician or typist who relies on their fingers to make a living might receive greater compensation for their injury because they’ve lost their ability to earn an income or their ability to earn an income has been diminished.
Loss of a finger or the use of a finger can also result in compensation for hedonic damages. Hedonic damages are an economic value assigned to the loss of joy of life. If the bite victim lost the ability to perform an activity they previously enjoyed because they lost that finger, the court can assess a monetary value to that loss.
Get a Phoenix Dog Bite Finger Loss Lawyer from The Husband & Wife Law Team on Your Side
If you’ve lost a finger or the use of a finger due to a dog bite, you need to contact an experienced Phoenix dog bite lawyer. To find out more about your legal rights and options, please call The Husband & Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. Dial (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation.