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My son was playing at our neighborhood park when a dog attacked him. The owner was nearby, but had let the dog off the leash. By the time the dogs owner grabbed the animal, my son was already badly injured. Can we sue the owner of the dog?


A: We are sorry to hear about your son’s dog bite injuries.  From the situation you described, yes, you should be able to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner.

Arizona follows a legal doctrine known as “strict liability” when it comes to dog bite cases.  Based on Arizona dog bite law, the owner can be held liable without you having to prove that negligence was involved.

You may be able to recover compensation for your son’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish and other damages that resulted from the dog attack.

For more information, contact Nathan Hogle, an experienced Mesa dog bite lawyer.