Dog Bite – Owner’s Liability in Arizona
If you or a loved one is bitten by a dog and suffered a significant injury, you should immediately contact an attorney to explore your rights.
The owner or possessor of a dog in Arizona is “strictly liable” for a dog bite. Though some states give the owner immunity for the first bite, not so in Arizona. If the dog actually doesn’t bite you, but knocks you down or attacks you, you still may have a claim against the owner or possessor of the dog. For instance, a dog running loose may attack or run after or knock over a bicyclist and cause serious injury. That dog owner should be held accountable as well.
There is a shortened statute of limitations for dog bites. Typically a statute of limitations is two years in Arizona for negligent misconduct. However, since this strict liability arises out of a statute, there is a one-year statute of limitations. If the victim is a child, the statute of limitations is extended.
Homeowner’s insurance would insure the owner or possessor of the dog. However, recently some insurance policies exclude coverage for certain breeds of dogs such as pit-bulls and chows.
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Author: Stanley J. Marks
Publication Date: April 26, 2016