If You Have you been injured by a dog attack?
You may have a claim and may receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and income replacement for time away from work. We here to answer your questions and help you return to your everyday life. Dogs are usually known as ‘Man’s Best Friend.’ Most people would probably argue that title after being bitten by a dog. In Arizona, a dog’s owner will be liable for damages caused by their dog. The dog’s owners will also be be liable for any and all dog bites that occur in both a public area as well as a private area, if the involved were in the private area lawfully. Unlike many other injury cases in Arizona, there is only one defense in regards to a dog bite that would dismiss responsibility, that being if the dog was provoked by the victim before the dog bite occurred. Other than that, the owner would be liable for the dog, even if the dog had never acted violent or viciously before. Predominantly, just as many other injury cases, if the victim does in fact have a realizable claim, he and/or she may be entitled to a monetary award for the damages. Those damages may include the following:
- Pain and Suffering;
- Loss of Wages;
- Loss of Earning Capacity;
- Medical Expenditures;
- Property Damages; and
- Punitive Damages (if applicable).
Arizona classiﬁes dog bites in both statutory liability provisions and common law. This is one of the burdens that a dog bite victim must be able to determine, which classiﬁcation the victims dog bite injury falls under, in order to be able to possibly receive any form of monetary compensation. Dog bites are also different from typical injury cases in that there are two different statues of limitations. In the case of a person being bitten by a dog-at-large, in the state of Arizona, the victim has only one year to ﬁle suit against the owner or the animal. In addition to this, there is a two year statue for a common law negligence claim. Not meeting the time limitations set can result in your case being forever barred, resulting in the victim unable to seek compensation for their injuries.
A few of the exceptions to the one or two year time limitation for pressing suit would be if the the injured were minors, incapacitated, or were on the job and there is a pending workers compensation claim. As there are a number of complexities that are present when dealing with dog bite injuries, it is very smart to consult with an experienced attorney to investigate and assist in the prosecution of a victim’s claim, call us now! 928-718-8888