Dog Bite? Broken Skin Not Required For Strict Liability In California

Under California law, if a dog bites you its owner is strictly liable for your injuries. California’s dog bite statute imposes 100% liability upon a dog’s owner when the dog bites a person in a public place or lawfully in a private place. For the statute and thereby strict liability to apply the dog must have bitten the person. Jumping or pawing a person is not enough. However, sometimes a dog bites a person but does not break the skin. When this happens, can a person still sue under California’s dog bite statute and hold the dog owner strictly liable for their injuries?  Read More…

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