The vast majority of animal bite cases in Arizona involve
dog attack injuries. However, there are a lot of different kinds of animals in the world and
a lot of them have teeth, fangs, claws, hooves and other dangerous body
parts that they can hurt you with. So what happens if you are injured
by one of a non-canine animal?
What are the rules for dog bites?
First of all, it is important to note that the majority of states have
laws on the books governing dog attacks. This is likely because dogs tend
to be more aggressive, more common and more capable of hurting us. Some
states have a "one-bite" rule where the dog can bite at least
one person before the owner begins to be liable.
Other states have strict liability rules that apply to the first bite --
in other words, the dog owner will be strictly liable and responsible
for any injuries and/or damages that his or her dog causes to another
person body or property. Nevertheless, in some situations, if the dog
owner shows that the injured party provoked the animal or was trespassing,
the dog owner will probably not be liable.
What are the rules for horse and other domestic animal attacks?
Fortunately, horses do not usually go around biting people, but they do
have hooves, and a kick from a horse can cause serious and fatal injuries.
While most states have not enacted laws governing horse kicks or other
types of domestic animal attacks, standard negligence rules will usually
apply. In other words, if the horse owner's negligence led to an individual
being kicked and seriously injured -- or if a cat owner's negligence
led to an individual being scratched and blinded -- then the owner could
be liable in certain cases.
Other factors also come into play in non-canine animal attack cases. For
example, wild animal owners are typically subjected to strict liability
laws similar to dog owners -- i.e., if a pet tiger harms a next-door neighbor,
the tiger owner may be strictly liable like a dog owner would. By evaluating
the extent of injuries relating to animal bites, and the circumstances
surrounding the attack, it will reveal whether a viable claim for damages
exists. It will also reveal best strategy for pursuing financial restitution.