Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend” but that is not always the case. While many dogs are safe to be around, some may aggressively attack either strangers or people they’ve already been friendly with. The dog’s owner(s) may be liable for the injuries sustained when this happens.
An experienced Phoenix and Arizona dog bite lawyer at Goldberg & Osborne can help dog bite victims get back on their feet and recover the most money possible as compensation for the attack.
Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Injuries
Dog bites can cause many kinds of injuries, but often a dog bite leaves a victim with scars, emotional distress, and large medical bills. Even a minor attack from a dog can result in cuts, bruises, deep tooth punctures, and infections. Those injuries can cost victims many thousands of dollars in medical bills.
When an injury occurs from a dog attack, the owner of the dog may be legally obligated to pay the victim’s damages by Arizona law.
Arizona is a Strict Liability Law State for Dog Bites
Arizona recognizes the “strict liability” law in regards to dog bite injuries. This means that a dog owner is liable for damages stemming from a dog bite injury regardless of any prior bite offenses or knowledge of the dog’s aggressive tendencies.
Strict Liability law is in contrast to the “one-bite rule” observed in other states where the opposite is true; the owner is only liable if a previous bite occurred or the owner was aware of past aggressive behavior.