In Arizona, dog bites are all too common, with significant compensation being awarded each year to victims. The medical bills and injuries caused by a dog bite can be overwhelming for any family. If you or your loved ones have become victims of a dog attack it is imperative that you seek legal counsel to help you to take the right action when seeking compensation.
Arizona has strict laws in regards to dog owners when their dog bites someone. Arizona is different than many states, which have a “one bite free” policy. The characteristics of this policy include:
- The first time a dog bites someone, the owner may not be held liable for damages.
- The dog may escape immediate punishment, such as being put down, for a first time offense.
- The “one bite rule” is meant to protect owners from liability due to the first injury caused by a dog.
In Arizona, where the “one bite rule” does not apply, dog owners can be held liable whether they previously had an idea that their dog was vicious or not.
In addition to the above, the owner of the dog will be liable for the damages caused by the dog whether the victims are lawfully in a public place or private place. However, in cases where the dog has been stolen, the owner is no longer held responsible.
Arizona imposes strict liability laws on any dogs who attack while they are considered to be at large. This consists of any dog that does not have a leash or is not confined by an enclosure. However, Arizona does protect dog owners in cases where the dog is reasonably provoked. In order to claim this defense the owner must prove that the dog was provoked, and in doing so may not be held liable.
Arizona law also protects government agencies from liability when agency dogs attack in the line of duty. They cannot be sued if their dogs cause injury while investigating a crime, issuing a warrant, or protecting an officer.
One more important point: if you are attacked by a dog in Arizona, make sure action take action quickly because these cases usually have a 1-year statute of limitations.
Getting the right legal help with a dog bite incident can make all the difference in the amount of compensation you receive. Because this area of law can often be very complex and rigid, the victim of a dog bite is never advised to seek legal remedy on his own. Instead, it is advisable to seek proper legal representation in order to ensure the best outcome possible.
The attorneys in our directory have collectively tried a wide range of dog bite cases, giving them the perspective and experience needed to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you, or someone you know, have been injured in an attack by a dog in Arizona, please contact one of our qualified attorneys immediately.