Dog bite cases are all to common – even half-way around the world. The pitbull terrier is a banned breed in England – and yet the owner had possession of the dog for at least 2 years. Dog bites like this one can cause life-long injuries, scaring, and medical bills.
In Arizona, when a dog bite causes injuries, the owner and/or person responsible for the dog may be legally obligated to pay the victim’s damages unless the victim provoked the attack. Dog bite victims are frequently compensated for their injuries by the owner’s home owners’ insurance policy. Many states have a dog bite law that gives a dog “one free bite.” In a one free bite state, the owner of the dog is not liable for damages caused the first time the dog bites a victim unless the owner knew or should have known that the dog had a propensity for violence.
Arizona, however, is not a one free bite state. In fact, Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 11-1020 and 11-1025 impose strict liability on the owner of a dog that bites a victim.
In addition to the owner of the biting dog, the person or persons who are responsible for the dog at the time it bites are also liable for damages to the victim. For instance, if someone takes their friend’s dog to the park and it bites and injures a child, the individual that brought the dog my also be responsible for damages.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog, please contact our office today to speak to a dog bite attorney
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