If you are out in public, you most likely will see dogs with their owners. You should know your rights if one of these dogs bites you.
California is a strict liability state for dog bites. This means that the dog’s owner is responsible for any damages caused by the dog.
How strict liability works
For dog bites, you do not have to show that the owner was negligent in recovering damages from them. There is also no requirement that the owner was aware that the dog was dangerous. The dog may have never bitten anyone before. The bite can occur on private or public property. You need to show that the dog caused your injuries and who owned the dog.
For your injuries, you do not have to have broken skin to recover. You can get compensation from the owner if you have bruising or nerve damage.
Exceptions to the rule
There are a few exceptions for dog owners when it comes to liability. The owner is not liable for your damages if you get bit by a dog while trespassing on private property. Likewise, if the owner can show you provoked the dog, they may avoid liability. If a dog bites you while performing a paid service, you may not get damages from the owner. In addition, the owner may not have to pay for your dog bite injuries if it’s your employer’s dog and you get bit while working.
Dog bites can cause serious injuries. You will want to get immediate medical treatment if you get attacked by a dog.