Americans love their doggies, which means that humans in America must learn to coexist with these four-legged animals on a regular basis. Laws, such as the leash law, have been put in place to ensure that people and animals can coexist with the least amount of issues possible.
Many dogs can cause serious injuries or death to humans if they aren’t properly restrained. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Arizona, you may wonder whether you can sue for a dog bite. You do have that right in Arizona, and here’s a little more information for you related to suing for a dog bite injury.
Understanding the Strict Liability Law
Many states have laws relating to dog bites because the government knows that there are risks involved in keeping certain types of dogs as pets. Dog ownership is a serious responsibility that some people don’t take seriously enough.
Arizona’s dog-bite statute is known colloquially as strict liability because it hold dog owners liable for all dog bites, regardless of whether the owner knew their dog was dangerous. If their dog bites someone who is lawfully in a private location or in a public location, the owner can be held legally responsible for the harm their dog caused.
For example, if you are invited to your friend’s house for a barbecue, you can sue your friend if their dog bites you while you’re there. Another example: you are walking down the street in your neighborhood when an unleashed dog bites you. The owner can be held liable because they didn’t keep a leash on their dog.
Why Sue for a Dog Bite in Arizona?
People sue for many different reasons, and many of these reasons are justified.
You might be suing because you want to prevent a dangerous dog from harming others. You might want the dog’s owner to learn a lesson and give more consideration to the dangers their pet poses to others. You might have extensive financial and emotional losses caused by the dog bite, and you want to receive monetary compensation for what you’ve been through.
Some dog bites are minor injuries and you may not wish to sue, but others can leave you with serious or permanent injuries, scarring and disfigurement, mental trauma, or chronic pain. You have every right to demand financial recompense for this traumatic experience.
Here are some damages you can receive when you win a dog bite claim or lawsuit in Arizona.
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Mental trauma
- Permanent injury/disability
- Medical bills
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Physical therapy and mental health treatment
Get in Contact with an Arizona Dog Bite Lawyer
If you’ve been seriously injured in a dog bite incident, you don’t have to deal with the personal injury claim process on your own. An attorney can help you to put together your case and submit it with the insurance company or in civil court.