Dog bite injuries can be serious. They can cause permanent disfigurement, infections, and create a life-long fear of dogs in children. If you are wondering how long you have to file a dog bite claim in Arizona, talk to one of our experienced Phoenix personal injury attorneys to learn about your legal rights.
How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim in Arizona? | Statute of Limitations
Just like other forms of personal injury, dog bites have a statute of limitation. You must file your claim within two years of the date of the bite. If you don’t, the claim likely won’t be heard by the court. This short time period highlights the importance of making an appointment with a Phoenix dog bite lawyer as soon as possible after the bite occurs.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Dog Bite Claim in Arizona? | Strict Liability
Arizona has several laws on the books that cover dog bites. They cover liability and whether the dog was provoked. Arizona is known as a strict liability state for dog bites. Therefore, if a dog attacks somebody, the owner of that dog has liability for the injuries and damages, even if the owner wasn’t negligent or had knowledge of whether the dog is vicious. If the dog’s owner isn’t around, but there is a caretaker for the dog present (such as a dog walker), the caretaker and the owner may be held jointly liable for the bite.
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Our Phoenix dog bite lawyers can deal with the dog’s owner and their insurance company. Dog bites are often covered by homeowner’s, renter’s, and business insurance policies. The lawyer can also inform you about whether any settlement offered by the insurance company is fair. If necessary, a lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, call us now at (602) 812-2122.