Another Child Killed by Pit Bulls

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This past September, a 2 year-old special needs child from Gilbert, Arizona was killed after he and his baby sitter were caught in a fight among the baby sitter’s three pit bulls. The dogs apparently were distracted from their fight and proceeded to maul the toddler to death. The baby sitter, who was also injured in the attack, may face a very costly lawsuit.

Suing for dog bite injuries in Arizona

In Arizona, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs regardless of whether an owner knew or had reason to know that a dog was dangerous. In addition to owners, you may be able to sue other parties who were responsible for the dog at the time of the attack, including dog walkers and dog sitters. Dog owners may also be liable for negligence if they violate a city ordinance or regulation — requiring, for example, that a dog be on a leash — and as a result the dog injures someone.

The only defense available under the dog bite law is that the dog was provoked.

Damages available to victims of dog bites

Dog bites often result in serious and deforming injuries and death. Victims are entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Medical costs — including ambulance and hospital charges, doctor’s fees and medications
  • Future medical expenses — such as ongoing treatment of wounds, plastic surgery and/or other treatments aimed at eliminating or reducing the appearance of disfiguring scars and other damage
  • Counseling — a dog attack is a traumatic event that often requires mental health assistance
  • Loss of earnings and compensation for any property that was damaged or destroyed

If you or your child has been the victim of a dog attack, it is important to speak with an experienced and aggressive Phoenix dog bite attorney who can help you collect the maximum amount of damages for your injuries.

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This past September, a 2 year-old special needs child from Gilbert, Arizona was killed after he and his baby sitter were caught in a fight among the baby sitter’s three pit bulls. The dogs apparently were distracted from their fight and proceeded to maul the toddler to death. The baby sitter, who was also injured in the attack, may face a very costly lawsuit.

Suing for dog bite injuries in Arizona

In Arizona, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs regardless of whether an owner knew or had reason to know that a dog was dangerous. In addition to owners, you may be able to sue other parties who were responsible for the dog at the time of the attack, including dog walkers and dog sitters. Dog owners may also be liable for negligence if they violate a city ordinance or regulation — requiring, for example, that a dog be on a leash — and as a result the dog injures someone.

The only defense available under the dog bite law is that the dog was provoked.

Damages available to victims of dog bites

Dog bites often result in serious and deforming injuries and death. Victims are entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Medical costs — including ambulance and hospital charges, doctor’s fees and medications
  • Future medical expenses — such as ongoing treatment of wounds, plastic surgery and/or other treatments aimed at eliminating or reducing the appearance of disfiguring scars and other damage
  • Counseling — a dog attack is a traumatic event that often requires mental health assistance
  • Loss of earnings and compensation for any property that was damaged or destroyed