When dogs bite children, it is often devastating to the child, the child’s family, and even to the owners of the dog. What is often forgotten about Arizona dog bites is that they usually involve a loving home for the dog, and a family that is surprised that their dog attacked a child visiting their home. For example, we helped a little girl was visiting her aunt and uncle and the normally loving family dog was not used to being around children. The dog attacked the little girl for no apparent reason. In fact, most dog bites occur close to the dog’s home. Statistics show 61% of the injuries occur near a dog’s home. 77% of dog bite injuries are by dogs that act friendly and then react and bite the person.
As personal injury attorneys in Arizona, we have helped many children and adults after a dog bite. However, the time deadline – known as the statute of limitations – for dog bites is short in Arizona. The law in Arizona for dog bite cases requires the dog bite victim to file a lawsuit within one year of the dog bite to have a “strict liability” argument. In plain English, strict liability means that if you file the lawsuit within one year that owner of the dog cannot raise a defense based upon the prior conduct of the dog. Waiting to file the lawsuit until after the first year allows the dog owner to defend the lawsuit if the owner can prove the dog was not dangerous.
If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important to consult with an attorney in Arizona who understands dog bite laws. We are attorneys who focus entirely on people who have been injured. We help people all across the Phoenix metro area, including Tempe, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa as well as helping people throughout Arizona and residents of other states that were in Arizona at the time of the dog bite. If you have questions and want to speak to experienced child injury attorneys in Arizona about a dog bite or other injury, please feel free to call us. We are a husband and wife law team and understand the intricacies of dog bite laws and injuries in Arizona.
Phoenix is the largest city in the state of Arizona. Many people refer to Phoenix as the Valley of the Sun. The Phoenix Metropolitan area consists of many thriving, growing suburbs such as Glendale, Mesa, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, and Ahwatukee. Phoenix is currently the fifth largest city in the United States. Phoenix’s population is well over one million people, while the surrounding cities greatly increase the overall population of the Valley of the Sun.