Dog Bite | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
Being attacked by a dog is a terrifying experience, especially when it happens to a child. If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog in Arizona, you will want apply first aid and seek immediate medical care. You must also report any dog bite to county health officials right away.
Under state and federal laws, service dogs may accompany their owners to any public accommodation. This includes restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, motels, businesses, schools, parks, gyms, and stadiums. These laws also apply to public transportation, depots, terminals and stations. However, some owners pass off animals as service animals that do not actually meet the criteria.
Being a dog owner comes with a lot of responsibilities – and with good reason. Dogs were once wild animals and were only domesticated relatively recently in human history. Dog owners should always take great care to teach their dogs to behave in public, obey commands, and avoid jumping on strangers, even if the animals are only being playful.
Unfortunately, many dog owners do not take these responsibilities seriously, putting in the bare minimum of work by posting warning signs. These “Beware of Dog” signs are common throughout Phoenix, but are they actually enough to prevent dog attacks?
Phoenix is a great town for dog-lovers, with plenty of places to play: Cesar Chavez Dog Park, Esteban Park, Hance Dog Park, Paradise Valley, Deer Valley, Deem Hills Park, and more!
But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million people are victims of dog bites annually, and 885,000 of those bites require medical attention. Children are at the highest risk of dog bites, and adult males are the second most likely to suffer a dog attack.
After you’ve been attacked by a dog, you may be confused and hurt, watching the medical bills pile up and not knowing what to do. Our Phoenix dog bite injury lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., made this visual aid for you to keep with you just in case you’re ever bitten! Remember, the best thing you can do if you’re confused is to call a legal professional right away. Dial (602) 457-6222 to talk to The Husband and Wife Law Team. Your consultation is 100% free.
A pack of six dogs were loose, running down Interstate 17 at Grand in Phoenix on Monday, December 11, 2018. Four of the dogs were caught while two escaped. None were hit by cars, but drivers had to swerve and brake hard to avoid them.
A child at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was injured by a dog that was booked on a Southwest flight to Portland on February 21, 2018. When the child tried to pet the dog, it responded by biting her on the face. She suffered scratches on her forehead. Paramedics were called to treat the child, and the dog was removed from the flight. The flight was able to depart 20 minutes later.
Because dogs were domesticated from wolves, they’ve inherited many of the physical attributes of their ancestors. One of these attributes is a dog’s incredibly powerful jaws and sharp, pointed teeth. These were important to the dog’s 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. That is easily enough “bite power” to sever or permanently damage a human finger—especially the finger of a child.
We often hear about people who dress their dogs up as service dogs so they can get them into restaurants, stores, and even schools. We represent victims of vicious dog attacks who are suffering from serious injuries, and we know how dangerous untrained dogs with irresponsible owners can be.
Airlines also see the dangers of allowing “fake” service dogs on their flights; these dogs aren’t properly trained and can act aggressively or bite passengers. Delta recently changed the rules regarding service dogs on their flights, and they are hoping to cut down on the number of passengers who are injured by aggressive dogs.
Do you know how Arizona’s dog bite law began? It started with a miniature poodle named “Fabian.” In 2009, Fabian was on a walk with his owner, who was holding him on his leash. They were still in their own driveway when another dog ran from its backyard and grabbed Fabian, biting and shaking him aggressively. Although his owner rushed him to an emergency animal clinic, Fabian did not survive.
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