Dog Bite FAQ
- Are dog bites or attacks covered by home owner's insurance?
In some cases, depending on the type of liability insurance carried by a dog owner, the policy may cover all or part of damage caused by the dog.
- Do "Beware of Dog" signs relieve dog owners of liability in case of a dog bite?
Simply posting a "Beware of Dog" sign does not absolve the owner of a dog of the responsibility of taking proper precautions to prevent injury to others.
- Are people held responsible for sustaining dog bites while trespassing?
Most dog-bite statutes do not allow for a trespasser to sue for damages as a result of a dog bite sustained due to the trespass.
- What is the meaning of ?strict liability? when it comes to dog bites?
Strict liability, when it comes to dog bites, means that the owner of the dog is responsible for damages and injuries regardless of other extenuating circumstances.
- Does California have a 'one free bite' rule?
No. California does not allow the dog owner 'one free bite'. (see California dog bite law details)
Does the breed of the dog have an impact on the outcome of a dog bite personal injury case?
There is breed specific legislation which may impact the outcome of a dog bite case; however, everything else being equal the specific facts of each case determine the outcome.