Can I Sue For Dog Attack Injury?
The short answer, yes. The longer answer requires a little research. There are strict dog laws in Arizona because our state understands that dog ownership is a serious responsibility. Arizona is ranked third in the nation for the best place to have a dog. With almost all hiking trails are open to dogs, 629 pet-friendly businesses, and around 900 pet-friendly hotels, if you love your fur animal then Arizona is the place to be. However, just because you love your fur baby does not mean that your fur baby loves everyone else. Even though our state is so accommodating, dogs are still wild creatures. Dogs have a mind of their own and even the best and most well trained can have a bad day. Bad days for dogs, however, can lead to tragic days for humans.
Getting attacked by a dog is both a physical and emotional trauma. Common injuries from dog attacks are lacerations, puncture wounds, bruising, and leaves you at risk for infection. No one believes their dog is capable of such an atrocity, but you don’t really know until it happens.
Two Dogs and a Bicycle Rider
If you have ever owned a dog then you know that they have their quirks. Some dogs go crazy for the doorbell while others go insane over big trucks. Some are scared of thunderstorms while others won’t leave the front door if it is raining. Then you have some that, no matter how much training, they just go crazy over bicycles. Unfortunately, if an owner is aware of their dog’s quirks then they need to be extra sensitive to such peculiarities. That was not the case for the owners of two dogs who decided to attack a bicycle rider.
Tuesday morning in Phoenix, a bicyclist was attacked by two dogs. The dogs were incessant in their attack. Even when the police arrived and used pepper spray the dogs did not let go. Eventually, the police had to shoot one of the dogs. It ran away due to the injury while the other dog followed it to a carport and began to protect it. The two dogs were taken by the Animal Care and Control Unit. The injured dog is being treated and both dogs will be in a 10-day bite quarantine. Since neither of the dogs had microchips or identification the owners of the two dogs still haven’t stepped up. When the owners claim the animals, they will be responsible for the dog’s behavior and will have to pay for the injuries as well as other damages.
What To Do
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack then you have the right to sue for compensation. The only defense in Arizona is a provocation. However, they would need to prove that the dog was provoked enough, much like a human, to react in such a way to call it defense. Call 602-554-0006 or click here to start your journey to success with our Dog Attack Attorney at Lorona Mead in Phoenix today.