DOG BITE FAQS

PHOENIX DOG BITE LAWYERS ANSWER COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT ANIMAL ATTACK CASES

Friedl Richardson has handled a number of dog bite cases over the years. Our lawyers are more than capable of answering any questions you may have about dog bite claims. We know Arizona's leash laws and can help you determine whether or not you have grounds to file a claim after being bit by a dog. Read through some of the most common dog bite questions below before you set up your free consultation with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer from our firm.

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    Are there laws regarding owning certain dog breeds?

    Yes. In certain residential complexes, or even in cities and counties, restrictions may be put on certain dog breeds that require a potential owner to get a special license. Common breed restrictions include pit bulls, Rottweilers, Chow Chows, German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, and Akitas. The reason why such breeds are often restricted is because they tend to be aggressive or are commonly trained to be vicious guard dogs.
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    Are certain dog breeds more likely to bite people?

    The American Humane Society states that it is not possible to determine whether or not a dog is vicious simply by its breed. Humans have taken certain dog breeds and built a stereotype for them by training them to be vicious guard dogs, attack dogs, or fighting dogs. People then associate the breed with viciousness and danger, even though these breeds can be just as sweet and loving as they can be vicious. Behavioral development and personality depends on the animal's heredity, early training, socialization, and care.
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    What can I do to prevent my dog from biting people?

    The best way for a pet owner to keep their dog from biting anyone is to train them from an early age and to keep them restrained. If people cannot come near your dog, your dog will have no opportunity to cause injury. Socialization is also helpful in making dogs comfortable around people and other animals, and neutering male dogs can lower their aggression level.
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    What kind of compensation can I get if I've been injured by a dog?

    If you are bit by a dog because of a negligent pet owner, you could receive compensation for your injuries and medical bills, emotional trauma, and any other physical damages you may have suffered. If your injury is severe enough, you might even have to miss work and can therefore receive compensation for lost wages.
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    What if I was bit by a dog while performing my job at someone's house?

    If you are asked to perform your work on someone else's property, it is generally their responsibility to warn you of their pets and to keep you safe from harm. If they do not property restrain their pet and you are attacked, then you deserve compensation. You may even be eligible for workers' compensation since you were on the job at the time of the attack and injury.
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    Is the police department liable if a police dog bites me?

    This is a tricky situation. If you were attacked by a police dog as a direct result of the handler's negligence, you may be able to file a claim. If the officer had reason to believe that his or her actions were justified, you may not be able to obtain compensation. Your best course of action at this time would be to consult a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.
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    Can a person be legally punished for keeping a vicious dog?

    Yes. Pet owners are held responsible under the law for keeping their pets restrained and for preventing injury. If they knowingly keep a vicious dog that poses a threat to other people and their property, the owner could be criminally tried and sentenced. Past sentences have ranged from severe fines to significant jail time.
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    Can I get compensation if someone else's dog kills my pet?

    Yes. Your pets are your property; therefore, if another person's negligence with their dog results in the loss of your pet, that negligent owner is responsible for your loss and damages. Our firm can help you establish negligence and fight for the compensation you deserve.

 

CONTACT A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY IN PHOENIX, AZ

The lawyers with Friedl Richardson share more than 75 years of combined legal experience. We have the determination and skill to investigate your case from the beginning in order to establish negligence. Consult a Phoenix personal injury lawyer from our firm as soon as possible during a free consultation. The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can recover your dog bite damages.