Understanding Dog Bites and Liability

(Last Updated On: December 14, 2015)

Dog Bites and Liability

While dogs have long been known as man’s best friend, they might be the source of serious injuries and trauma when they act out and bite someone.

Dogs may bite for a number of different reasons, including bad temperament, anxiety, and provocation on part of the victim, and injuries sustained from dog bites can be very serious, leaving permanent scars in many cases.

If you have been bitten by a dog, you might seek compensation from the dog’s owner under the strict liability laws in the state of Arizona.

Here you can get a closer look at dog bite and liability laws to help you understand whether you have a personal injury case.


Strict Liability Laws

Arizona is a strict liability state, meaning that the dog owner is held liable for injuries, regardless of whether they could have prevented or predicted the event.

That means that even in cases where a plaintiff was warned of the dog’s behavior or approached the dog without permission, the owner of the dog may still be held responsible for injuries.


Conditions Nullifying Owner Responsibility

There are some specific circumstances in which an owner will not be held liable for a dog bite. The first is when the dog bite victim was not legally allowed to be on the property where the bite occurred.

For example, someone breaking and entering into a home who sustained a dog bite would likely not be able to seek compensation for the injury.

If the plaintiff provoked the dog, there may also be no responsibility on part of the owner, though it is often more difficult to prove that a victim caused the dog to act out.

At Thrush Law Group, you can find the experienced legal representation you need to seek compensation following a dog bite and other personal injuries.

Posted in Arizona, Phoenix, Tucson.