It is probably no surprise to anyone that dog bites are the most common type of animal attacks on people and kids. Studies have shown that children are the most likely to be bitten by a dog. Children tend to be the victim of dog bites and dog attacks more than any other individual. Many children have been mauled or seriously injured in Phoenix dog attacks even by their own family dog. When children are young, it is especially important that if you bring a dog into the family that you be very careful and do a lot of research about the breed of the dog you are bringing into the family home. According to the American Medical Association, dog bites are currently the second leading cause of children being injured. Many think playground activities are the only major source of injuries to children, but in reality dog bites which could have been easily prevented account for a large number of hospital visits for kids in Arizona every year. Nearly 2% of the population in the United States are bitten by a dog, according to reports.
Dog owners should never assume that their dog is incapable of biting another person. Many people make the mistake of unleashing their dog around other individuals. Dog owners should make sure that their dog is at all times on a leash. Many times, dog owners will take their dog to the park and take their dog off the leash. We have seen many people receive very serious and permanent injuries from dog bites when a dog attacked them in a park. It is required under Arizona law that dog owners keep their dogs on a leash. This is a good law, and it provides for the safety of others.
In Arizona, a person can file a lawsuit against a dog owner within one year and not have to prove that the dog who bit them had was dangerous prior to the bite. The only defense that a dog owner has to liability if the lawsuit is filed within one year is if the injured person provoked the dog. Otherwise, liability is considered on the part of the dog and the damages suffered by the person who was bit are the responsibility of the dog owner, usually paid for by insurance. In some states the injured person who was bitten by a dog still has to prove that the owner knew or should have know that the dog had a propensity to bite, but in Arizona, there is no such rule as long as the lawsuit is filed within one year of the day of the attack. We recommend all dog bite victims file suit within one year. You can still file suit within two years, but then the injured victim may have to prove that the owner of the dog knew or should have known that the dog had a propensity to bite someone. This can make the case much more difficult to prove, and make it much harder to receive the fair compensation and settlement from an insurance company after a Arizona dog bite claim.