Mesa, Arizona is a great place for dog owners. There are dog-friendly hiking trails within a 20-mile radius like Shaw Butte, North Mountain, Lookout Mountain and many more.

However, according to CDCP (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) about four and a half million people are victims of dog bites annually and nearly 20% require medical attention. The two highest risk groups for a dog bite are children and adult males.

In order to protect you and your family from potential dog bite-related injuries, here’s a list of useful tips on how to prevent dog bites.

  1. If you see a dog without its owner, don’t approach it.
  2. If you don’t know the dog, don’t approach it. You never know how long has the dog been on the street and whether he is regularly vaccinated or not.
  3. If you see an injured dog, instead of trying to help him yourself, call a professional that will assess the injuries and provide the help he/she needs.
  4. Don’t approach dogs that are sleeping, eating or nursing. Remember, dogs can be very territorial and when spooked, they can charge.
  5. Don’t run from a dog or chase a dog

In Mesa, AZ if a dog injures a human, it’s the dog’s owner who is responsible, no matter if he was aware of the aggressive nature of the dog or not. That is if the victim didn’t provoke the dog in any way.

How can you tell if the dog is aggressive?

Even though there are no foolproof ways to prevent a dog bite, there are telltale signs that you can learn to recognize and that will surely help you to determine whether a dog is aggressive or agitated. These are just a few signs and the most common ones:

  • Baring teeth
  • Growling
  • Intense stare
  • Snarling
  • Ears positioned flat or straight up (depending on the breed)
  • The scruff – bristling hair around the neck

Even though these are the most common signs that the dog is aggressive, some don’t show any signs before attacking. So it’s best to keep your distance if you come across a dog that you don’t know.

What to do after a dog bite?

After a dog bit, first and foremost you should see medical attention, even if the wounds seem superficial. Like we mentioned before, you might now the full vaccination history of the dog so it’s best to seek professional medical help to have the wound looked at and thoroughly cleaned.

Once you’ve been cleared from the emergency room or hospital, you should research and hire a personal injury lawyer. Even though there is a two-year statute of limitations on dog bit related injuries, most victims lose protection if they haven’t reported the attack within the first year.

Often, the dog owners claim that the victim provoked the dog somehow, which can further complicate the case. So that’s why it’s essential that you seek professional counsel.

It’s important to know more about filing a wrongful death lawsuit after someone you love dies because of another’s careless or reckless behavior. These are the 10 most common questions and answers from those who lost someone and are considering filing and wrongful death lawsuit.

  1. What is a wrongful death claim?

Personal injury and wrongful death are very closely related. They both allow someone to demand compensation when someone else is negligent or omit results in another person’s injury.

When it comes to personal injury law, the law allows the injured victim to ask for compensation for his or her losses. The compensation is demanded by the responsible party.  However, with wrongful death lawsuits, the victim who would normally file a personal injury claim is no longer alive. So accordingly, the wrongful death law, allows someone else to step into the deceased victim’s place, in order to seek compensation.

  1. Am I eligible to file a wrongful death claim?

The answer to these questions depends on the specific law of the state. In most cases, in order to file a claim, you must be a personal representative to the deceased. This is usually the spouse, children or parent.

  1. Do I have a wrongful death claim?

This all depends. Since the facts for each case are not identical, it’s hard to draw a line of what case is a wrongful death claim and what isn’t. That’s why it’s important to speak to a lawyer because he/she can evaluate your case and tell you whether you have a wrongful death claim or not.

  1. How can I file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Filing a wrongful death claim usually begins by determining if you’re eligible for a claim. In the event that you are eligible, you should start working with a wrongful death lawyer. There’s only a limited time in which you can file a wrongful death lawsuit set by the state’s statute of limitations. And because a skilled wrongful death lawyer should know the process inside and out, he will help you finalize and submit the claim within a given time frame.

  1. How can I prove wrongful death?

  • The plaintiff generally has to prove the following:
  • That the defendant wed a duty of care to the deceased
  • That the defendant breached the same duty of care
  • That the death occurred as a result of breaching the duty of care
  • Resulted damages.
  1. What’s the time frame on filing a wrongful death claim?

As mentioned before, every state has its own definition of wrongful death law, and by such, every state determines the time frame within which you have to file a wrongful death claim. Like in many other states, Arizona Wrongful Death law has a statute of limitations of two years. This means that you have two years (from the moment the deceased has died) to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

  1. For how much can I sue for in a wrongful death suit?

As a plaintiff, you can seek compensatory damages. These can include non-economic and economic damages. These damages have the goal to compensate the party for losses and are usually comprised of:

  • Medical bills prior to the death of the deceased
  • Lost wages during hospitalization
  • Potential future wages
  • Compensation for the deceased pain and suffering before death occurred
  • Expenses that covered the funeral and burial
  • Loss of companionship for the loved ones.

Seeking punitive images is not an uncommon practice. The aim of all these compensations is to compensate the party for all possible losses.

  1. Is there an average in wrongful death settlements?

There are not two identical wrongful death lawsuits. And since every case has a unique set of factors and parameters, calculating the average amount of a wrongful death claim is impossible. But if you hire a skilled and experienced wrongful death lawyer, upon looking at the file and all the facts, he/she should be able to give you a rough estimate on how of the damages are you eligible for.

  1. How high are the wrongful death attorney’s fees?

Every lawyer has his/her own set of rules and fees. However, with a wrongful death attorney, you can discuss to have your case on a contingency basis. This way, the lawyer only gets paid if they recover money for your lawsuit, either through a settlement or via jury verdict.

  1. Do I need a wrongful death attorney?

Wrongful death lawsuits can be very complicated. At Schenk Podolsky recommend that you hire a skilled lawyer, who already did a number of wrongful death lawsuits and knows the system and the process inside and out.

For additional questions about wrongful death lawsuits or personal injury claims, make sure to contact us.

In Part 1 we briefly discussed what are your rights and what should you do in case your injury at work wasn’t taken seriously enough. Today, we will be digging further to see what other benefits are you entitled to if you suffer an injury at work.

Covering your medical bills

If you suffered an injury at work so severe, that it requires you to undergo surgery and the company’s / employer’s compensation isn’t enough to cover the medical bills, it’s your legal right to have the employer take care of the bills for you.

You shouldn’t be accountable if you got injured at work because of less than favorable work conditions. Said conditions allowed the accident to happen, so you should be reimbursed for any medical bills.

Monetary compensation

An injury at work will certainly leave a toll. That is why, you should be properly compensated, and not just in the amount that is sufficient enough to cover the necessary treatments. The monetary compensation should also cover the toll the accident has taken on you.

Sometimes, injuries at work might cause you to permanently stop doing that specific job. In those situations, the compensation should handsomely cover your disability. These compensations could be weekly, monthly or a one-time sum. It all depends on the court’s ruling and how good was the deal of your legal time was able to negotiate.

Special treatments after injury at work

Depending on the severity of your injury, it’s highly likely that you won’t be able to work as fast and as efficiently as before when you return to work that is. If that occurs, the employer is obligated to accommodate your needs and make things easier for you. This can be in the form of a separate parking spot just for you, installing a ramp that will help you move in a wheelchair or other things that will make your job easier.

Post-injury incentives and legal issues

Some employers use this tactic in order to avoid getting a claim from their employment or to avoid going to court. These ‘persuasion tactics’, both illegal and immoral are quite often used, where your employer offers you incentives in the form of money or benefits. And unfortunately, most victims that suffer an injury at work fall for them.

To be clear, the only monetary compensation you should be getting is through your insurance, and there should be nothing stopping you to claim your legal rights. Agreeing to side deals is NOT a good idea and we strongly recommend that you first speak to your lawyer before agreeing to anything.

Say “NO”

Settling for less than you deserve or nothing at all, is NOT in your best interest. However, that happens very often. Most employees that got injured at work don’t know what to agree to and what not to agree to. They just don’t know how the system works. That’s why it’s important to have a skilled personal injury lawyer by your side, who knows the system inside and out and can counsel you in the decision-making process.

If the court’s ruling is not applicable, turn it down and file for an appeal. If the insurance company is offering you a bad deal, turn it down and negotiate a better one that you feel good about.

Fully understand that you deserve to be properly compensated for what you’ve been through, all the physical and emotional difficulties and that you SHOULDN’T settle for less.

Conclusion

Employees should do their best to make the workspace safe in order to avoid accidents. Regrettably, no matter how hard they try, an accident will happen from time to time. And if an employee gets injured at work, he/she deserves proper compensation.

On the other hand, employees should also take all the necessary precautions in the workplace to avoid accidents. No matter what, the accident will happen an in those situations you should be fully aware of your rights and compensated for your injury.

It’s unfortunate if you suffer an injury, and even more so when it happens in the workplace where you’re trying to make a living.

Many employers have precautions and safety measures set to protect their employees and even despite those, accidents tend to happen. This is inevitable and employees should be familiar with the benefits and compensations they are entitled to when they get injured at work.

Report the accident to protect your rights

The easiest way to protect your rights is to report the injury at work as soon as possible. We recommend reporting to your manager or employer immediately, on the same day or within a few days after the injury at work has occurred. This works in your favor.

In some cases, the injury is just too severe so you won’t be able to report it yourself. In that case, you must have someone to do it for you. A good option would be one of your colleagues or a member of your family. In most states, employers are obligated to cover an employee’s insurance if he/she suffers an injury at work. Make sure that this is taken care of and that you get coverage.

File a claim if needed

If your injury at work report wasn’t taken seriously, and you didn’t hear back from your employer or Human Resource department, the next step would be to file a claim in your industrial/compensational court. We at Schenk Podolsky always emphasize that workers are entitled to their benefits if they get injured at work. In case that your employer hasn’t compensated you enough, hire a lawyer to represent you.

Learn about your rights

Most workers are completely unaware of their rights or what are they entitled to in case they suffer an injury at work. Be aware that employee’s benefits include reimbursement for medical bills and even belongings that were damaged in the accident. Furthermore, you can also be entitled to monetary compensation, disability payments, accessibility tools (in case you’re handicapped) and coverage for rehabilitation. And in most severe situations, where death has occurred, the employee’s family is entitled to have the burial costs covered.

Some of these rights differ depending on where you live, but they all include sufficient compensation or coverage for your insurance. Seeking medical treatment and consulting with a doctor is #1 on your priority list after you suffer an injury at work. As long as your doctor advises you to be on sick leave, you legally qualify for paid sick leave. Furthermore, you are allowed to return back to work once the doctor signs an approval and releases you back to work.

Accidents at work that result in permanent injury and thus prevent you from working anymore, have a substantial disability compensation. And your employer is legally obligated to pay it. In the event that you don’t feel the insurance company paid you enough for medical treatment, you have the right to appeal to these decisions.