Dog Bites at Off-Leash Dog Parks
State and municipal laws require the leashing of dogs in public. In the City of Phoenix, ordinances require pet owners to keep their animals on leashes no longer than six feet. Dogs may only lawfully be off-leash in designated areas, such as specified dog parks. Even when lawfully allowed to let their dogs run at large, however, a pet owner could be legally responsible for a dog attack.
If you are the victim of a dog attack at a dog park in Arizona, do not hesitate to contact an attorney from Torgenson Law for a free consultation. The dog owner may owe you financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call us at (602) 726-0747 to schedule a meeting at our Phoenix law office.
What Makes Us the Right Choice?
- We can fight against insurance companies and corporations for full compensation.
- We can help you avoid saying or doing something that could hurt your claim.
- We have 15 years of dog bite injury law experience.
- We obtain top case results for clients through hard work and aggressive strategies.
- We accept dog attack claims in Arizona on a contingency fee basis.
How a Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help
Navigating a dog bite claim at an off-leash dog park may take help from a lawyer. The pet owner may try to refute fault by saying he or she had the legal right to have the pet off-leash. This is not a usable defense to liability in the state of Arizona, however. An insurance company may also try to underpay you for your life-changing injuries. Hiring an attorney will give you an advantage during the claims filing process, settlement negotiations and/or a personal injury trial in Phoenix. A dog bite injury lawyer can work by your side to fight for a fair case outcome.
Who Is Liable for Dog Attacks at Dog Parks?
Many dogs become more aggressive at dog parks. Having free rein of the area and the ability to interact with other dogs could lead to violence. Attacks in dog parks could stem from an owner trying to break up a fight between two dogs or protect his or her dog from an aggressive dog. Some dogs may also try to protect their owners by biting surrounding bystanders. Bringing a child to a dog park could also end badly if dogs are present that do not do well with children.
Whatever the situation, the owner of the pet that bit you could owe you compensation for losses after a dog attack at a dog park. Arizona is a strict liability dog bite state, meaning pet owners must pay for injuries their dogs inflict regardless of the absence of fault or negligence. Even if a pet owner obeyed all city laws and had no reason to suspect a dog’s viciousness, the owner will be responsible for damages after an attack at an off-leash park. To recover compensation for your dog bite injuries, however, you will need to file a claim with the owner’s insurance company.
Homeowners or pet insurance companies may cover the costs of a serious dog bite in Arizona. Since pets are property under state law, homeowners insurance plans typically cover dog-related damages. File a damage claim with the pet owner’s insurer demanding fair compensation for your economic and noneconomic losses with help from an attorney. Then, allow your lawyer to engage in injury claim negotiations while you focus on healing.
Speak to a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Today
Dog attacks in public places are unfortunately common. At Torgenson Law, we know how quickly a person’s life can change at a dog park. In a matter of minutes, you could suffer injuries and permanent scars in a dog attack that interfere with your job, life and self-confidence. If a dog attacked you or your child at an off-leash dog park in Arizona, you have rights. Speak to one of our dog attack attorneys at (602) 726-0747 for more information. We offer free initial consultations at no obligation in Phoenix.