The State of Arizona has laws that are meant to prevent dog and animal attacks from occurring. These laws make a dog owner liable for his or her dog biting or attacking another person.
Arizona Statute 11-1025 States: "The owner of a dog which bites a person when the person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of its viciousness."
The main exception to a dog owner's liability is in the event it can be proven that provocation existed which was the cause of the dog’s aggression.
Regarding Provocation, Arizona Statue 11-1027 States: "Proof of provocation of the attack by the person injured shall be a defense to the action for damages. The issue of provocation shall be determined by whether a reasonable person would expect that the conduct or circumstances would be likely to provoke a dog."
While this language may seem to leave a broad interpretation of what is considered actions of provoking by the individual that was attacked, the intent and what must be shown to a court to absolve a dog owner from liability must be proven to be an intentional act to incite the dog to aggression.
When injured as a result of a dog bite or animal attack you should first seek medical attention, and then seek experienced legal counsel. Your rights must be protected.
The Skiver Law Firm aggressively fights for dog bite injury victims in an effort to ensure they are fairly compensated for everything they are entitled to under the law.