Approachable Phoenix Dog Bite Attorneys Hold Responsible Parties Accountable
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We know them as man’s best friend, but dogs can become a liability for pup and property owners in the case of a bite incident. While most dogs are trained and won’t bite humans, aggressive, untrained, or aggravated dogs can bear their teeth, sometimes with extremely painful consequences. If you have been bitten by a dog on someone else’s property, the dog owner and/or property owner may owe you a debt of restitution. You could be entitled to fair compensation for damages you’ve incurred.
When you have an incident like a dog bite on someone else’s property, the owner of that land has a responsibility to ensure that all necessary provisions have been taken to make the area safe for people on it. If you were attacked on commercial property, this could mean the property owner or company is liable for practicing negligent security. At Plattner Verderame, P.C., we are approachable and knowledgeable about dog bites and civil premises liability claims. Our Phoenix dog bite attorneys can help you determine the best course of action for finding fault and getting compensation for your injuries. Our knowledge of the dog bite and premises liability laws and statutes of limitations in Arizona has rendered us capable and reputable in these practice areas. Our express goal is to investigate and determine who is at fault if an aggressive dog has bitten you.
Dog bites and the law: what you need to know
Every year, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, with 300,000 of those bitten requiring medical treatments. Arizona Revised Statutes sections 11-1025-1027 govern activities during and after a dog bite. Phoenix dog bite attorneys want you to exercise caution when on other people’s property, especially if dogs are present. Here are some things about the law you need to know:
- The dog owner is probably liable. Even if the dog that bites you isn’t previously known to be aggressive or dangerous, injuries a dog inflicts are the responsibility of the owner.
- There are exceptions, notably at home. If the person your dog bites is a child and lives in the house with the family that owns the dog, that family is not liable in that instance.
- If you provoked the dog, it might be your fault. The injured person who suffered the dog bite might indeed be found liable for the injury if there is solid proof that he or she provoked the dog into biting.
- There is no “free bite rule” in Arizona. Many states give dogs that have bitten people one free bite, wherein owners are likely not liable if it is the dog’s first time biting someone. Arizona is not one of those states. If you file your suit within the one-year statute of limitations, dog owners are liable for the conduct of their pet at all times.
- If you work in a pet hospital, you aren’t asking for it. In Mulcahy v. Damron, a 1991 Arizona court case about a dog bite, the court ruled that workers in a pet hospital do not assume the risk of dog bites by virtue of their occupation. Assumption of risk – meaning, you know you are working with dogs and sometimes dogs will bite – is not a defense to a dog bite.
Arizona’s statute of limitations for injuries caused by dogs
In Arizona, strict liability applies only when you file within the one-year statute of limitations. That means that “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,” under A.R.S. § 11-1025.
This same statute applies to other types of animal attacks, too. If you are charged by a dog, for example, and you hit your head while you try to escape, you may be able to file a claim for damages.
But what if the one year statute of limitations has passed? Can you still file a claim? Yes, you can. However, the elements you as the plaintiff have to prove will change if you file outside the one year statute of limitations. You will only be able to file a claim for negligence, not for strict liability. That is why it’s best to make the claim within the statute of limitations.
Our lawyers are ready to assist you after a dog bite injury occurs
There are many ins and outs of the Arizona statutes governing dog bites. Our dependable lawyers have the skills and legal education to navigate these confusing terms. We can be a useful advocate for you in your Phoenix dog bite personal injury or premises liability case, but your timing is important.
As soon as you or a loved one experiences a dog bite, it is best to contact our dependable Phoenix premises liability attorneys. There is a one year statute of limitations on your injury, and it’s important that you do not delay. Sometimes, gathering evidence and investigating your claim can take time. When a dog bite becomes a medical issue, our approachable attorneys can help you determine whether personal injury or premises liability is the most honest approach. Some homeowner’s insurance policies will cover dog bites, and both parties will want this thoroughly investigated.
Types of Cases We Handle
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Plattner Verderame, P.C. has been practicing honest, passionate law since 1991. The firm’s goal has always been to professionally represent and litigate for honest people with honest injuries. We take dog bite injury cases on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay us for having representation in court unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf. You only pay us if you win. Call us at 602-266-2002 or contact us today to learn what our team of Arizona Bar Board Certified Specialists in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation can offer you in case of a dog bite to you, a loved one, or on your property.