Dog bites and animal attacks are unpredictable, and they frequently cause major physical and emotional injury. While the media often features pit bull attacks, a dog of any breed, size or upbringing could attack a human. Other types of pets, including cats, snakes, horses and more, can also seriously harm a person.
Although an animal attack or dog bite may seem like an obvious situation, there are usually complex legal issues like liability and insurance coverage at the center of these cases. At the law firm of Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC, our Queen Creek and Gilbert personal injury attorneys represent clients who have suffered a serious animal attack or dog bite injury.
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What Are The Laws That Apply To Animal Attacks?
Someone who maintains or controls a pet or other animal can be liable for property damage and injuries that the animal inflicts. In some cases, the actual owner of the animal is not liable for damage if they are not the same person taking care of the animal. However, if the owner controls the animal in some capacity, they could still be held accountable for an attack.
According to Arizona law:
- The animal owner or person responsible for the animal at the time of the attack is fully liable for the damages as a result of the attack.
- When a person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the animal owner’s property, the owner is liable for the related injuries — regardless of whether they had prior knowledge that the dog or other animal was aggressive.
If you are considering a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner, it is important to consult with a lawyer who knows how this area of law may apply to your case. Our qualified Arizona personal injury attorneys are ready to review the facts of your case and offer advice. We can also represent you to work to obtain the compensation you need to cover medical care, lost wages and other damages from the animal attack.
Consult With An Experienced Animal Attack Attorney
Dog bites and animal attacks can cause severe or permanent physical damage as well as acute emotional trauma. For skilled legal guidance, contact our Arizona law firm online or call (480) 503-9217 or (480) 686-9400 for a free initial consultation with one of our compassionate lawyers.