In many jurisdictions a dog owner is only liable for the injuries their animal inflicts if it was known the animal had dangerous propensities. This is not the case in Arizona. The state is unique as it provides strict liability for violations of the dog attack statutes. While strict liability is not the same as absolute liability, violation of the dog attack statutes is enough to prove the causation element of negligence for dog attack cases. While the laws are favorable in Arizona for dog bite injury victims, being properly compensated for injuries can be challenging. Generally, dog bite cases are residential and not tied to a company or corporate entity. The source of recovery is the dog owner’s insurance—either renters’ or homeowners’ insurance. There can be some difficulty with these claims as a dog owner is not required to disclose their insurance company, their insurance limits, or even if they have insurance at all. You need an experienced attorney who knows how to find the potential avenues of recovery and who understands the intricacies of dog bite law and liability. Members of Goodnow|McKay are experienced with these claims and are here to help. We are committed to helping our clients recover fair compensation. We are often able to negotiate reasonable settlements with the responsible insurance companies, but we are willing to fight for our clients through trial if necessary.