Issues Involving Liability for Dog Bite Cases
In addition to proving you were injured in a dog attack, you must prove the owner of the dog is liable for your injuries. This often becomes the primary issue in dog bite cases. Pursuant to Arizona’s dog bite statutes, the statutory owner is strictly liable for injuries caused by a dog. Arizona law imposes strict liability on the owner when the dog is “at large” and injures another person. Arizona statutes also impose strict liability on the owner for dog bites that occur while a person is on public property or lawfully on private property. Arizona also follows the common law when it comes to dog bites. However, in order to prove liability under the common law, you must prove the owner of the dog knew or should have known the dog had vicious propensities.
When pursuing a dog bite case, you will need to make sure the facts of your case fit the various elements required under Arizona law. At Wade and Nysather, we will provide you with a Free Legal Strategy Session, go over the facts of your case, and provide you with an initial case evaluation.