Do You Need a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer in the Phoenix Area?
There are nearly 4.5 million dog bite victims every year in the United States. Many dog bite injury victims suffer physical injuries, as well as emotional trauma, lower self-esteem from visible scarring, and a lifetime fear of dogs. If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be able to take legal action for damages.
Who Is Responsible for the Dog Bite Injury?
In Arizona, most dog bite attacks are strict liability cases. Pursuant to state law, if a dog bites, the owner is responsible, regardless of proving negligence. Specifically, Arizona Revised Statute 11-1025.A states the following:
“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.”
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Injuries?
Additionally, claims brought under Arizona Revised Statute 11-1020 and 11-1025 have a 1-year statute of limitations. A dog bite victim must file a lawsuit within 1 year from the date of loss. If the victim fails to do so, his/her strict liability claim could be barred. If the claim is based on a dog owner’s negligence, the victim has a 2-year statute of limitations.
If you live in the Phoenix area and have been recently injured by a dog bite, call Petersen Johnson for a free consultation. Our experienced dog bite injury lawyers may be able to help you get compensation for medical bills, missed work and pain and suffering.