Arizona Dog Bite Attorneys
Have you or a loved one been injured in an attack by a dog in Arizona?
Our attorneys have successfully handled dog bite claims in Arizona. We are well aware of the statutes enacted in Arizona to protect the rights of dog bite victims. We understand that acting quickly after an attack is vital. An immediate investigation can help establish responsibilities, as well as determine what your options and strategies are to follow.
Frequently asked questions about Arizona dog bites
What statutes address dog bites in Arizona?
A.R.S. 11-1025 is the law in Arizona about dog bites. A.R.S stands for Arizona Revised Statutes. Arizona follows strict liability for dog bites – meaning the owner is responsible for the acts of its dog even if the owner was unaware of the dangerous behavior. The only defense to a dog bite is a provocation. If the injured person provoked the dog into biting/attacking him/her, the owner may be released from liability.
Does it matter where the dog bite happened?
A.R.S. 11-1025 discusses the issues of where a dog bite may happen and if coverage applies. Ultimately, no matter where the dog bite occurs, the owner will be responsible. The one exception that may apply is if the dog bite occurs while you/the victim are trespassing on private property. Dog bite cases DO NOT apply to police dogs or dogs used for police work.
Do I still have a case if the owner of the dog does not have insurance?
You always will have a case. The issue of whether or not you will be able to collect from the owner. If the owner does not have insurance, the best way to guarantee a potential recovery is to file a lawsuit. You and/or a lawyer can call and negotiate a settlement. But without insurance, it may be hard for someone to pay for your damages out of their pocket. If you can not negotiate a settlement, you will have to file a lawsuit to obtain a judgment.
How can a lawyer help me with a dog bite?
If you are the victim of a dog bite, you are entitled to receive medical treatment just as you would in a car accident. However, we know in a car accident, you can claim the at-fault driver’s car insurance. It can be a little more complicated with dog bites. A good lawyer can help find the home owner’s or renter’s insurance to cover the injuries caused by a dog bite. Your lawyer can help document the bite and make sure all evidence of the incident is preserved.