Phoenix, AZ asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Arizona

Q: My housekeeper picked up my small dog, dropped her and broke her leg. I'm now up to &10k in med expenses. Can I sue her?

The housekeeper had decided to pick up my 5 lb puppy because she's cute. She then subsequently dropped my puppy on the floor. She suffered a massive broken bone that has now required 2 surgeries approximating in$10k of bills.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Well, you know how much your housekeeper makes. If you get a judgment can she pay it? If not then you just spent time, likely money, to get a piece of paper.

You would also have to show she's careless. If she can say she picked him up as she has done before, no problem, but the little imp suddenly rolle and wriggled at the same time and she lost hold of him, etc etc--well, a judge could conclude she wansn't careless. She was careful, but dogs will be dogs.

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