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“I could not be happier with the care my case was handled. The settlement I received was far above anything I ever expected. Nate was truly amazing! He made me feel comfortable during a very stressful time by clearly outlining the process and maintaining the perfect level of communication. Thank you!"
- Charles
“I would definitely refer Nate to friends or family if they are ever injured in an accident. Nate was always available and returned my phone calls quickly. He and his staff kept me up to date and answered all my questions. Nate showed me and my family true compassion. Thank you!”
- Angela
“Nate handled my case in the most professional manner possible. He could not have been more thorough. His staff completed their interviews and research in a very accommodating manner, and telephone and email response time was fantastic. I would absolutely recommend Nate to anyone who has been injured in an accident.”
- Jerome
"I cannot express how amazing this law firm is. When no one else would take my case, Nate took a chance and represented me in my claim. Both him and his paralegal, Lorraine, were so helpful through the whole process and made what originally was a gruesome experience much more manageable."
- Samantha
"Had an amazing experience with this firm. Always kept up to date with the status of the case. The entire staff was professional and responsive. I worked with Richard and Vanessa the most as we came close to an offer. Rick was honest about what he felt he could get and he advised me completely of options and what could or couldn't happen. I really felt someone was on my side which is a great feeling."
- Andrew

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Each dog bite accident lawyer at our firm is experienced in court, trials, arbitration and/or mediation proceedings. Unlike many law firms, we will not just settle your case for an unfavorable amount, we will fight for you. Dog bite victims in Arizona receive an average settlement of 370% more if they use qualified attorneys such as those in our law firm.
Nathaniel Preston
Nathaniel Preston

Arizona personal injury attorney Nathaniel B. Preston (“Nate”) has helped clients recover millions of dollars for injury and wrongful death claims.

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Jay MacKinlay
Jay MacKinlay

Jay is an attorney in the civil litigation department. He has been practicing law in Arizona since 1997 and has participated in hundreds of court proceedings.

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Eric Robinson
Eric Robinson

Eric has represented injured victims exclusively since becoming licensed in Arizona in 2012. His focus is on the litigation of claims.

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Richard Lundin
Richard Lundin

Richard represents people in auto accidents and personal injury cases in both state and federal courts.

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Quinton Riches
Quinton Riches

During his short tenure at Warnock MacKinlay Law, Quinton has already recovered millions of dollars for his clients.

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James D. Spark
James D. Spark

James has extensive experience in representing victims seriously injured in automobile or motorcycle accidents, dog bite and slip and fall accidents.

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Michael Grubbs
Michael Grubbs

Michael is a trial lawyer at Warnock MacKinlay handling both pre-suit and litigation cases including car accident, wrongful death, and nursing home abuse.

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Brenden R. Leader
Brenden R. Leader

A tenacious personal injury attorney, championing accident victims' rights with strategic insight and a deep-rooted commitment to the Arizona community.

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Dog bite regulations in Arizona are set up in a way to be beneficial to those injured by dog bites. Here are the important points under Arizona law on dog bite cases: 

Strict Liability: Arizona implements a “strict liability” doctrine when it comes to dog bites. Dog owners can be held liable for injuries caused by a dog bite even if the owner believes the dog was not dangerous. This differs from “one-bite” states where an owner might only be held accountable if they were aware of the dog’s harmful tendencies.

Exceptions: The strict liability rule does not apply if the person bitten provoked the dog, trespassed, or otherwise committed an illegal conduct at the time of the bite. The dog owner can use these defenses to her advantage. 

Location Matters: In some contexts, where the bite occurred might be relevant. For instance, if the bite happens in a public place or if the victim is lawfully in a private place (such as the dog owner’s property), then the dog owner is generally liable. However, if the person bitten was unlawfully in a private place, the strict liability rule might not apply.

Negligence: Aside from the strict liability rule, a victim may also pursue a claim based on negligence if, for example, the owner was negligent in controlling or restraining the dog.

Statute of Limitations: In Arizona, the statute of limitations for dog bite claims is typically two years from the date of the bite.

Comparative Negligence: Since Arizona generally follows a comparative negligence standard, any damages awarded may be reduced based on the victim’s degree of fault.

Consult with a personal injury attorney in Arizona who is experienced in handling dog bite accident cases to better understand your specific situation and determine who might be liable. They can assess the facts, investigate the incident, and help pursue appropriate legal action if necessary.

If you are involved in a dog bite accident in Arizona, it is essential to follow these steps to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries:

  • Hire an experienced Dog Bite Accident Lawyer immediately. Call us at 602-600-6427 to schedule your free consultation. 
  • Do not discuss your Dog Bite Accident case with anyone, particularly insurance representatives or investigators. If they approach you, gather their name, company, and who they represent, then refer them to our office immediately. Do not provide them with any information or sign any documents.
  • Refrain from posting any information regarding your accident or injuries on any social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, FitBit, Health Apps, Blogs, etc.). Maintain a private profile, as anyone seeking information could represent an adverse party or an insurance company, and any disclosed information could potentially harm your case.
  • Keep all evidence from the Dog Bite Accident scene, such as photos or videos, and the contact details of any witnesses.
  • Seek medical treatment promptly and follow all your doctor’s recommendations. Report all medical complaints to your doctor, even minor ones, for proper documentation and evaluation. This not only aids in faster recovery but also prevents insurance companies from claiming your medical issues stemmed from failing to follow medical advice.
  • Write a list of all symptoms related to your accident, even minor ones. This can prevent overlooking minor issues that may worsen over time. Keep track of your pain levels and any activities you’re unable to do due to your injuries, at least weekly or when significant changes occur.
  • Do not give written or recorded statements to the insurance company. Let your Dog Bite Accident lawyer handle all communications.

Generally, no. You should NEVER communicate directly with representatives from the other party’s insurance company or risk management company unless your dog bite accident lawyer has authorized you to do so. You should only discuss the specifics of the accident or your injuries with your lawyer.

If a representative attempts to contact you, kindly inform them that you have engaged an attorney to represent you. The representative should then contact your attorney and cease contacting you. If they persist in contacting you, immediately notify your attorney. We will then file a complaint with the Department of Insurance or the appropriate governing body, as it is unfair claims practice for a representative to contact a party they know is represented by an attorney.

You may be tempted to post messages, photographs, or videos to social media when you have been injured in an accident, but you should try to resist the urge for the sake of protecting your personal injury claim. It was revealed in an article posted in 2015 by the Huffington Post that the first place defendants look when investigating accident and personal injury claims is on social media accounts like Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Insurance companies will look you up on Google for any posts they can use to deny you compensation and discredit your claim. You may think your social media posts are “private,” but an insurance company can still find a way to gain access. The best thing to do to protect your case is to deactivate your social media accounts altogether.

Generally, the answer is “No”. Remember, neither the insurance company nor the risk management company works for you – they work for the entity responsible for your accident. Often, even before you receive medical attention and understand the full extent of your injuries, a claims adjuster may contact you and present a low, inadequate offer. They hope that you’ll accept this offer before fully comprehending your damages.

Many people accept these offers and sign a release, only to discover further complications “down the road”. In many states, including Arizona, such a release is usually worded in a way that makes it nearly impossible to seek further compensation after signing, even if you discover your injuries are much more serious than initially anticipated. It is strongly advised not to agree to any offers without first consulting a proficient Arizona dog bite accident attorney.

Facing a team of skilled professionals without having  your legal representation is unwise. It is possible to pursue your claim alone, but  you will be at the other party’s mercy.

The other party will make you only a small offer or will simply deny your claim altogether. Unless you are well-trained in the law and understand your legal rights, it will be very difficult  to combat public entities or large corporations all on your own and know which avenues you should pursue. Each attorney at our firm is a well-trained, skilled dog bite accident attorney in Arizona.

IMMEDIATELY. Hiring experienced dog bite accident lawyers, like those at Warnock MacKinlay Law, is vital if you are injured in a dog bite accident. Unfortunately, we see so many victims attempt to represent themselves and generally fail miserably for several reasons. Studies have shown that a claimant who is represented by legal counsel “nets” (after medical bills and attorney fees) in excess of 300% more money than those who handle their own claim. The only thing more important than hiring a qualified lawyer after a dog bite accident is seeking medical attention, and the lawyers at Warnock MacKinlay Law can help you with a good, competent accident doctor.

Generally, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years. This means that you have two years from the time the accident occurred to file a claim against the responsible party. If you wait longer than two years, you waive your right to obtain any compensation for your claim. If you have a claim against a public entity (government), you must make a claim within 180 days from the date of the accident, or your rights are waived.

It’s challenging to pinpoint an exact timeline for your dog bite accident claim due to the unique aspects of every case. Generally, cases that settle before filing a lawsuit conclude more rapidly than those going to trial. 

At Warnock MacKinlay Law, we are committed to securing the maximum compensation in the shortest time possible, balancing the need for thoroughness and speed. Typically, cases might settle two to four months after your medical care is completed. However, this timeframe can be shorter or longer depending on various factors such as the complexity of your case, the entities involved, and the extent of your injuries. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through this process, no matter the length of time required. 

No. We make it easy to afford an attorney if you have been injured in a dog bite accident. We do not charge any fee whatsoever for an accident consultation. We do not charge any attorney fees unless we are successful in recovering money for you. Even if there are costs involved, such as investigation, medical records, medical reports, deposition fees, and the like, we will advance those monies for you until your case is resolved. We will even refer you to doctors who will not demand payment until the case is resolved. It is our job to make the resolution of your case as easy for you as possible.
Absolutely. There was a study done that looked at accident victims that found that people receive 3.5 times higher payouts after accidents when they have a lawyer, even after the personal injury lawyer’s payment is subtracted. Also, Arizona personal injury lawyers can take a lot of work away from a victim who needs to focus on their recovery.

Of course. If you are unhappy with your current lawyer for whatever reason, feel free to reach out. We get a lot of cases who are individuals who weren’t being taken care of properly by their previous attorneys.

Yes. You will always benefit from seeking medical attention right away after an accident.
Yes. It is VERY important that you follow all doctors’ instructions. Please be certain that you see your doctor as he or she directs, and do not miss appointments, so you can achieve a speedy recovery. If at any time you consider ceasing treatment before you are released, whether for reasons of financial inability to continue, work schedule, etc., please let us know before you miss appointments. Although we in no way direct medical care, we want to make sure you can see a doctor who can work with you under your circumstances. The insurer can only determine the severity of your injuries if they are treated by your doctor and any symptoms or injuries you are experiencing should be reported to your doctor and treated.
If you do not have health insurance, please speak with your attorney or paralegal and they will assist you in finding healthcare providers who will wait for payment until your case is settled.

The amount of money you will ultimately recover depends on a variety of issues, the most important of which is the nature of your injuries caused by the accident and the comprehensive medical treatment you receive for those injuries. 

At Warnock MacKinlay Law, we will help you seek reimbursement for any or all of the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of love and support
  • Mental and emotional distress
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Permanent impairment and disability

If you would like to get a better idea of the value of your case, give us a call. Our intake specialists can give you a much better idea after talking through the details of your case.

At Warnock MacKinlay Law, our expertise lies in building value for your injuries and achieving the best possible financial outcome without the necessity of going to trial. While in certain cases a lawsuit might be necessary, most are resolved before reaching the trial stage.

The probability of a case being settled or going to trial depends on the specifics of each case. If an insurance company or risk management entity contests liability (fault) or disputes the value of your claim, your case might be more likely to go to trial.

Our team boasts over 100 years of combined experience and we are equipped to represent you effectively. It’s crucial to have a lawyer who is known by insurers to be willing to file a lawsuit if needed, as this can enhance the chances of achieving a favorable settlement through negotiation. Insurers are aware of the law firms that are prepared to file suit and those that aren’t.

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