Arizona dog bite law says that dog owners are liable in the event that their dog bites someone. There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, if the victim provokes the dog or if the victim was an intruder on the property containing the dog. One defense that some dog owners might try to use is dog parks. In the city of Phoenix, there are designated dog parks. At these parks, dogs do not have to be on leashes. They can run free within the boundaries of the park, but there are still other rules dog owners have to follow. If you were bit by a dog while at a Phoenix dog park, you may have a claim against the dog's owner. A Phoenix personal injury attorney at Friedl Richardson could help.
According to Phoenix Municipal Code 8-14, dogs are not permitted to be off of their leashes or otherwise contained, such as in a gated area. There are some parks in the city of Phoenix that are specially designated as dog parks. At these parks, Phoenix Municipal Code 8-14 does not apply. In many cases, a dog bite victim might have a claim against the dog's owner for violation of leash law, but this can't be used if the attack was at a Phoenix dog park.
Dog parks can be dangerous. Even if someone is bit at a dog park, although they cannot claim that the dog's owner was negligent by not obeying leash law, they may still have a claim. In the state of Arizona, victims have the upper hand in dog bite cases. This is because Arizona's dog bite law holds that dog owners are strictly liable in these cases, unless the dog owner can prove that the victim did something to provoke the dog to attack.
Some dark parks may have signs posted indicating rules of the park as well as liability. Dog owners are not immune from lawsuits simply because their dogs are allowed to be off-leash at certain dog parks. In fact, victims of dog bites at dog parks usually have all the same rights and privileges as victims who were bit by dogs anywhere else. One of the major differences is that victims of dog attacks at dog parks may also be able to hold the city as the owner of the dog park liable. One defense that both the dog park and the dog owner might use is "assumption of risk."
A Defendant might claim that they are not liable for a dog bite because you should have assumed the risk, especially if warning and liability signs were posted around the dog park. Assumption of risk is essentially saying that you were aware of the risks associated with entering a dog park and entered the dog park anyway. Even if a Defendant claims this as a way to shift liability onto you, the Phoenix dog bite lawyers at Friedl Richardson can offer you the representation you need to collect maximum financial damages against the at-fault party or parties.
If you were bit by a dog at a Phoenix dog park, please do not hesitate to contact a Phoenix dog bite lawyer at Friedl Richardson. As personal injury trial lawyers, we are not afraid to take your case to court. Whatever is necessary to get our clients maximum financial compensation after an accident, we will do. Call us today for a free and confidential case evaluation!