Dog Bite Liability and Lawsuit Compensation
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Mar 22, 2010 in Personal Injury
There are approximately 75 million dogs kept as pets in the United States, and while the majority of them are reasonably trained and not a threat to other people, the unfortunate fact is that millions of dog bite injuries occur every year in the country and hundreds of thousands of people are injured badly enough as a result of dog attacks that they require medical attention. If this has happened to you, the best step to take is to seek the help and advice of an Phoenix dog bite lawyer. In the meantime, below is a brief overview of the issue of dog bite liability and lawsuit compensation.
Arizona Dog Bite Liability
In the most basic sense, dog owners are legally responsible for the conduct of their dogs. While there are limited exceptions, dog owners have a duty to prevent harm that could be inflicted upon others by their dogs. Basic precautions that are expected include keeping the dog restrained in his or her yard by way of a sturdy fence and/or a chain, keeping the dog on a leash when out in public and not allowing their dog to think that attacking another person is allowed.
Specifically, dog owners can even be charged criminally if their dogs do inflict injury or worse on unsuspecting innocent people. The fact of the matter is that some dog breeds, particularly larger ones such as pit bull terriers, boxers or Rottweilers are big, strong and powerful enough to inflict serious injuries and even kill people if they maul someone for long enough. It should come as no surprise that both criminal and civil laws dictate that people be kept safe from this avoidable threat.
Potential Lawsuit Compensation for an Arizona Dog Bite
If someone is attacked and injured by a dog, that person likely has the right to bring a personal injury legal action against the dog's owner. In terms of the possible damages that could be won, below you'll find some examples:
Medical expenses - The victim of the dog bite will likely recover costs incurred for medical care that's necessary after a dog attack.
Lost income - If the person is injured badly enough that he or she is unable to work, then the plaintiff could likely ask for damages that compensate the victim for lost income.
Pain and suffering - Few experiences are more terrifying than a dog attack, and pain and suffering is a form of damages available in Arizona that are designed to compensate the plaintiff for this form of injury.
Overall, bringing an action for a dog bite in Arizona can be difficult. Rather than attempting to handle this situation by yourself, contact an Arizona dog bite lawyer at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.