Dog bites killed more than 30 people last year – and more than 70 percent of those fatalities were caused by pit bulls. Dog bites force at least another 1,000 people to the emergency room every year. Tragically, children suffer disproportionately, since more than 40 percent of fatalities are children younger than 9.
Despite that, Arizona became the 20th state to outlaw local breed-specific legislation. In short, the state now “forbids Arizona’s cities and counties from enacting or enforcing breed-based dog regulations.” Oddly enough, that same law also prevents Arizona municipalities from forcing local pet shops to only sell rescued animals.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite, contact an Arizona injury lawyer at Burg Simpson in Phoenix by calling 602-777-7000. You can also fill out our Free Case Evaluation form HERE to discuss your case with us.
Like most states, Arizona employs a strict liability statute when it comes to dog bite incidents, which essentially holds the owner responsible for any damages caused. Owners are held responsible if the dog is in a public space or if the victim is lawfully present on the owner’s property. The dog’s history when it comes to attacks is irrelevant.
If a dog has attacked you in a public place and left you seriously injured, get in touch with our lawyers in Arizona as soon as possible by calling 602-777-7000.
Arizona law also makes several other provisions when it comes to dogs and dog attacks, such as:
- Anyone with “direct knowledge” of an attack is required by law to report it. This includes owners, victims, and witnesses.
- Dogs involved in an attack must be quarantined. Unvaccinated animals must be confined at the pound or the vet for 10 days. Vaccinated dogs can be quarantined at home. At the end of the quarantine, the owner must still meet several criteria to secure the release of the animal.
- A dog owner is also automatically liable for injuries that take place while the animal is considered “at large.”
If a dog has attacked and seriously wounded you or a loved one, call our Burg Simpson Arizona office at 602-777-7000 right away to talk to a Phoenix personal injury lawyer. We are here to help!
Burg Simpson’s Accident Injury Lawyers Can Help
Every one of these cases is different, and each of them needs to be evaluated by an experienced Phoenix accident lawyer. Was the animal on a leash? Did the incident take place at a public park? Was the animal provoked?
While these incidents happen all the time, they can still be incredibly complicated. If you have been bitten by a dog, please contact our accident injury lawyers right now. Call Burg Simpson Arizona at 602-777-7000 or complete a Free Case Evaluation Form.