What liability does a dog owner have after a dog bite incident? In Arizona, in order to hold another individual liable for injuries sustained in a dog bite, the injured victim must demonstrate that his or her injury was caused by a dog bite and that the bite occurred while the person was in a public location or legally on private property.
Basics of Dog Bites in Arizona
Arizona’s dog bite liability law (ARS §11-1020) is known as strict liability. This means that the owner is liable even if he or she did not know that the dog would bite or even if the dog has never bitten anyone in the past. However, Arizona’s dog bite statute applies only to dog bites, not to other injuries that are associated with an attack from a dog. In order to prevail on an injury caused by a dog where no bite occurred, you need to be able to demonstrate that the dog’s owner was unable to use reasonable care in order to prevent the accident from happening. If you are knocked down in the park, for example, by a dog you will need to demonstrate that the owner took little or no care to prevent this from happening.
Individual cities in Arizona also have municipal ordinances that may provide a dog bite/attack victim additional rights. You should consult with a knowledgeable Arizona personal injury attorney if you have been injured by a dog.
Injuries from Dog Bites
The injuries sustained in a dog bite can be severe, particularly if they develop into an infection. The emotional outcome for a younger individual who has suffered in a dog bite too, can be extremely difficult for children to cope with. This is why you should consult with a knowledgeable Arizona personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that you are aware of all of your options and can determine what the next step and course of action should be.
A dog bite can be a serious matter, but it is imperative that you have the right amount of information to demonstrate that the owner was liable in this particular case. You need an attorney who has handled cases like yours before as a result of the specific issues linked to dog bite cases. Someone who is compassionate about your situation and committed to working towards the best outcome for you may be important during this time.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Dog Bites and Liability, or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.