Let’s face it, most of us are animal lovers and have pets in our home, be it dogs, cats, birds or fish. Dogs, in particular, are referred to as man’s best friend. We often treat them like a part of the family. Unfortunately some dogs can turn on people and inflict serious injuries including disfigurement, maiming and killing.
Dog Bite Statistics:
- Approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur yearly in the U.S.
- Close to 800,000 of these dog bites require medical care
- Nearly 50% of dog attacks involve children under the age of 12
- 82% of dog bites needing ER treatment involve children under 15 years old
- Each year, insurance companies pay out approximately $1billion in dog bite claims
Children are more likely to be attacked and injured by dog bites than adults. Children play with dogs more often and are not as familiar with warning signs from dogs to back off. Children frequently are not large enough to defend themselves from an attack.
Arizona Dog Bite Law Makes Owners Strictly Liable
Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 11-1025 states the following regarding liability for dog bites:
“The owner of a dog which bites a person when the person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of its viciousness.”
To put it simply, in Arizona dog owners are strictly liable for injuries created by their dogs. There are exceptions for law enforcement dogs, for bite victims that were bitten while trespassing, and for bites due to provocation of the animal.
Many States in the US have adopted breed specific laws which effectively limit exposure to dangerous dogs by regulating ownership of certain breeds, but Arizona is not one of them. Arizona does have a statute governing ownership of “Aggressive Dogs,” which is defined as any dog that has bitten a person or domestic animal without provocation or that has a known history of attacking persons or domestic animals without provocation. According to this statute, Owners of aggressive dogs shall take extra care to keep their dog from escaping the owner’s property and to keep the dog from biting people when the dog is not on the Owner’s property.
Why Hire a Phoenix Dog Bite Lawyer?
If you were bitten by someone else’s dog without provocation, you have a right to seek compensation for damages. You are entitled to compensation for hospital and medical bills incurred now and in the future, lost wages now and in the future, loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement.
Phoenix dog bite attorney Lew Moore has over 30 years of experience practicing law and has handled many dog bite cases. He will do everything he can to make sure the dog owner is held accountable for all damages. Many times, homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance will provide coverage for animal bites. If the insurance company won’t pay out a fair settlement to you, Moore Injury Law will take your case to a jury trial to force the insurance company to give you fair compensation for your damages.
More information on Dog Bite Statistics and Information can be found here:
Download the Dog Bite Report.