Arizona Dog Bite Lawyers
The Hogle Firm Dog Bite Attorneys
In Arizona, dog bite law is primarily governed by state statutes and common law principles. Under Arizona law, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for any damages caused by the dog's bite, regardless of whether the owner knew or should have known that the dog was dangerous.
Strict liability means that the owner is responsible for the harm caused by the dog, even if they were not negligent or otherwise at fault for the incident. This applies to any injury caused by the dog, including bites, scratches, and knockdowns.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule. If the victim of the dog bite was trespassing on the owner's property, or was provoking the dog, then the owner may not be held strictly liable for any injuries caused by the dog.
Additionally, if the victim was partially at fault for the incident, such as by teasing or harassing the dog, then their damages may be reduced in proportion to their level of fault.
In order to recover damages for a dog bite in Arizona, the victim must prove that they were lawfully on the property where the incident occurred, and that the dog caused their injuries. If the victim was not lawfully on the property, such as if they were trespassing or committing a crime at the time of the incident, then they may not be able to recover damages.
Arizona law also allows for criminal penalties to be imposed on dog owners whose dogs attack or injure people or other animals. If a dog owner knows that their dog has a propensity for aggression or has attacked before, and fails to take reasonable measures to prevent future attacks, they may be charged with a felony.
Overall, Arizona dog bite law places a high degree of responsibility on dog owners to prevent their animals from causing harm to others. Victims of dog bites may be able to recover damages for their injuries, while dog owners may face both civil and criminal penalties for their dog's aggressive behavior.
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