Emergency rooms see, on average, one dog bite injury every 40 seconds – that’s 800,000 injuries each year nationwide. Most attacks happen to children and many involve a neighbor or a friend’s dog, making some people reluctant to report it. The damage sustained in a dog attack can be serious, possibly causing long term scarring and emotional trauma.

If the dog’s owner is found liable for the bite, he or she must compensate you accordingly. Depending on the circumstances, the owner may be responsible for medical bills, lost wages, therapy, torn clothing, and pain and suffering.

Arizona Revised Statutes § 11-1025 states that a dog’s owner is liable for any damages related to dog bites that occur in public or private locations, as long as the victim of the bite is not in a private location illegally when the bite occurs. This means that dog owners can even be held liable for dog bites that occur in their own home, regardless of whether the dog showed signs of viciousness in the past.

Arizona also has leash laws that require owners to keep vicious dogs and female dogs in heat on a leash. In public parks and schools, all dogs must be kept on a leash, in a car, or in a cage.

Arizona law does allow lawsuits against dog owners, but filing a claim immediately isn’t always the best course of action. In some cases, you may be able to contact the dog owner and negotiate. Discuss the full details of the incident, explain all the expenses you have had as a result of the incident, and request payment. If the dog owner is unable or unwilling to pay the requested amount, you can file a lawsuit and seek compensation through the courts.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite or attack, you need a skilled lawyer to help you get the full compensation. Contact The Law Office of Thomas Grier today to review your case.