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August 26, 2014

Study Suggests Arizona More Lenient on Potential Sex Offenders

An alarming new study indicates that the crime of soliciting sex from a minor in Arizona carries a shorter sentence than other serious offenses. A study conducted by the anti-sex trafficking group Shared Hope International and Arizona State University is raising some important questions about existing legislation. Soliciting sex to minors in Arizona is a […]

 

 

A Scottsdale Lawyer and Child Safety Advocate for Dog Bite Injuries to Children

Arizona Dog Bites can Scar Children for Life

In both a physical and a psychological sense, a child may be forever changed as the result of a dog attack. In severe cases, a child may even be killed by a dog mauling. Each year, thousands of kids are maimed, scarred, blinded and traumatized by dogs in parks, at neighbors’ or family members’ homes, or countless other places where dogs and children may interact. Dog bites can inflict serious damage and medical bills can be crippling especially when an insurance company will not pay a claim.

If your child has been injured by a dog, you may try to obtain compensation from the responsible dog owner. While homeowner’s insurance is supposed to cover dog bites, many Arizona families find that their struggles are simply magnified by an insurance company. If you need assistance in getting justice after a dog bite, call Scottsdale Personal Injury Lawyer and Child Safety Advocate Shane L. Harward at 480-874-2918.

As an Arizona personal injury attorney since 1995, he has seen the ways that insurance companies deny or delay coverage in dog bite cases. They may also offer less than fair compensation to you. An experienced lawyer knows how to get their attention and how to argue for what is fair.

Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers Know This: Most Serious Dog Bites in Arizona Happen to Children

When a dog bites, scratches or knocks down a child, the injuries are often serious because children are so small and their faces are near the animals teeth. Though large dogs may inflict catastrophic injury to a child, small dogs can be equally dangerous. Because of their size, small dogs may feel threatened more easily and may also be supervised less rigorously by dog owners. This makes children particularly vulnerable to attack. No matter how calm or friendly a dog may appear, the risk of biting is always present and owners must behave accordingly to prevent injuries to children. Some of the dogs that are often responsible for biting children in Arizona include:

  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiler
  • American Bulldog
  • Husky
  • Chow Chow
  • Boxer
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Bullmastiff
  • Great Pyrenees
  • German Shepherd
  • Mastiff
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Presa Canario
  • Dalmatians

Regardless of the dog breed, the dog’s size, or past behavior, an animal’s owner must be vigilant about controlling their canine especially around children. If you need legal assistance in pursuing a dog bite lawsuit or simply want an insurance company to return your calls and acknowledge your requests for compensation, call Scottsdale’s Law Offices of Shane L. Harward at 480-874-2918.

 
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Shane Harward Law Offices of Shane L. Harward PLC

10575 North 114th Street
Suite 103
Scottsdale, Arizona 85259

Telephone (480) 874-2918
Facsimile (480) 588-5063

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4809 East Thistle Landing Drive
Suite 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85044

Telephone 602-384-4638

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 12877
Scottsdale, Arizona 85267