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California Dog Bite Laws: Do Dogs Get One Free Bite?With nearly 90 million domesticated dogs in the United States, it should come as no surprise that each year about 4.5 million people are attacked or bitten by dogs. Depending on the circumstances and where the injury happened, the victim may also pursue an injury claim based on the dog owner’s negligence or “strict liability” dog bite law that makes the owner liable regardless of the animal’s history or the owner’s carelessness.


Does California Recognize the “One Bite Rule”?

Under the “one bite rule”, a dog owner is held liable if they knew or should have known that their dog might act in a dangerous or harmful way. The name of this theory stems from the notion that a dog gets one free bite, and after that, the owner is aware of and responsible for the animal’s vicious propensities.

However, since California is considered a strict liability state, it does not recognize the “one bite” law at all. Under a strict liability cause of action, a plaintiff does not have the burden of proving a breach of duty. The mere fact that the dog bit another individual automatically establishes the breached duty of the dog’s owner. As such, under the doctrine of strict liability, a dog owner may be held liable, regardless of the degree of care exercised, for damages or injuries caused by themselves or their property (i.e. dog).


Compensation Allowed to Dog Bite Victims 

Dog bite and attacks can result in serious injuries that wreak havoc on the victims’ financial livelihood. If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the dog’s owner for the following:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional and mental anguish
  • Out of pocket expenses related to the case

With the help of an aggressive and competent Orange County dog bite attorney, they can help you get the full compensation that you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.


Contact an Experienced Dog Bite Attorney

If you or a loved has been bitten or attacked by a dog, you should discuss your legal options with an attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The Orange County dog bite attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for their clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and an aggressive approach. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 949-727-9300.