Albuquerque and Mesa Dog Bites Lawyer
Wood Injury Law, PLLC advocates for children and adults who are victims of aggressive dogs.
Dog Bites Lawyer in New Mexico and Arizona
Many families welcome dogs into their homes, and in most cases, dogs provide invaluable companionship to their families and others. Unfortunately, our dog bite lawyer has also seen the darker side of these relationships. Millions of people suffer from dog bites each year and are often left with long-term injuries, scarring, and chronic pain. While not as common, these injuries can also be fatal.
Our dog bite lawyer fights tirelessly for children and adults who have been bitten by dogs. With our help, you can build a case and file a claim to collect damages to pay for medical bills and more. Contact us today to speak to a lawyer to assess your claim.
Common Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite injuries are often serious and require long-term medical care. Common injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Infections, rabies, and tetanus
- Crushing injuries or broken bones
- Nerve damage
This is far from an exclusive list of injuries. Our dog bite lawyer will evaluate the severity of the injuries when preparing your legal claim.
Who Pays Dog Bite Claims?
Many people are afraid to file dog bite claims because they don’t want their friends or family members to pay for medical bills, lost wages, long-term treatments, and more. Fortunately, if you have a successful claim, the money likely won’t come out of the person’s bank account. Instead, insurance companies typically pay dog bite claims. Our dog bite lawyer will review the evidence to determine if we should collect damages from the homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance, motor vehicle insurance, or another policy.
Because the dog’s owner doesn’t pay directly, you can still maintain a relationship while collecting damages you need for medical bills and more. In fact, many people find that collecting damages is necessary for maintaining the relationship. Once you have money to pay for what you’ve lost, you can clear the air and move forward with your relationship.
Steps To Take After An Attack
If you’re the victim of a dog bite, it’s important to get to safety as quickly as possible. Then you will need to get medical attention, even if you only have a small wound. Even tiny lacerations can lead to dangerous or even deadly infections without proper treatment.
Next, you need to report the dog bite to animal control. After that, you can collect evidence. Take photos of the injury and collect information from witnesses. Also, get a medical report from your doctor. Then you can contact a dog bite lawyer to take the next steps. Your attorney will collect additional evidence and determine who is responsible for paying the claim. For instance, if it happened at the owner’s home, your attorney will likely file the claim against the homeowner’s insurance. However, if it happened in the car, the attorney might need to file it against the motor vehicle insurance.
Why Choose Wood Injury Law?
Statute Of Limitations For Dog Bite Cases
Both New Mexico and Arizona have statutes of limitations for all personal injury claims, including dog bites. This refers to the amount of time you can file a claim. New Mexico allows residents to file claims for up to three years after the date of the injury. However, you only have two years to file a claim in Arizona. While that might seem like a long time, your dog bite lawyer will need to collect evidence and possibly interview witnesses. Also, your lawyer might need to consult with experts to determine the long-term impact of your injuries. Thus, start the process right after suffering your injuries.
One Bite Rule In New Mexico
In Arizona, the dog’s owner can be held liable for damages, even if that person was not aware that the dog was aggressive. However, New Mexico follows the “one bite” rule. This means the owner is not liable the first time a dog bites someone but is liable for any subsequent bites. However, you might still have a case, even if the dog wasn’t known to be aggressive. First, contact a dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. Then your attorney can explore all legal avenues to help you recover compensation.
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