Serious dog bite injuries are surprisingly common. Many pet owners are not responsible and do not properly train or monitors their dogs. Many do not walk their dogs on a leash. Dog bites are often traumatic and come with a high risk of infection. They can leave unsightly scar and leave lasting damage.
Following a dog bite, be sure to seek medical attention immediately. Even a small bite caries a risk of infection, which could make a minor injury severe. You should report the dog bite to Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). They will monitor the dog and make sure the dog is current on its vaccinations.
Arizona law protects people injured by a dog bites. An owner is strictly liable for a dog bite attack. That means if a dog bites you, the owner of that dog is responsible for your injuries – even if the dog had never acted aggressively before.
Arizona Law States (A.R.S. 11-1025):
“A. 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.”
The only defense in a dog bite case is provocation. If you provoked the dog to bite you, the owner of the dog will have a valid defense. Otherwise, the owner is required by law to compensate you for your injuries. Arizona Defines provocation very broadly as follows (A.R.S. 11-1027):
“The issue of provocation shall be determined by whether a reasonable person would expect that the conduct or circumstances would be likely to provoke a dog.”
Homeowners insurance will often provide insurance coverage for the owners of dogs. If you are bitten by a dog, consult with a personal injury attorney who can help you file a claim with the homeowner’s insurance company of the dog owner. This will ensure that your medical bills are paid and that you are compensated for time off work, as well as your pain and suffering.