Was bitten on the hand and pulled to the ground by a dog who then bit into my shoe in an attempt to drag me. It released me only after I threw dirt at it's face. The owner showed no concern and later offered a sarcastic apology, accused me of lying about the incident, then became threatening towards me before his father intervened to calm him. Do I have any grounds for legal action?
Get medical treatment and consult an attorney as soon as possible. You can probably file, the issue with dog bites is the owner having prior notice of the dog's vicious propensities. The dog normally can bite once and get away with it. If there is information to show that the dog had vicious propensities, you will probably be able to recover.
It depends. The first question you may want to ask is, "Do you have an injury?" If you haven't been injured, you may not have a case. Second, look to whether there is a source of recovery...i.e. is there someone who can pay for the injury or could an insurance company pay. Finally, I will tell you that in AZ, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog biting someone. I would consult a personal injury attorney right away.
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