In personal injury law, the strict liability standard holds the defendant liable and responsible for the victim’s damages regardless of fault or negligence. California follows the strict liability rule when it comes to dog bite cases. Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 3342, a dog bite victim can recover damages for dog bite attacks without needing to prove that the dog owner did anything wrong. Your settlement may cover past and future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of consortium, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. This law protects people on public property or who are lawfully on private property such as guests, mailmen, police officers, and others who are performing a duty imposed by the state or by postal regulations. However, the statutory strict liability only applies to dog bites. If you are injured in any manner other than a bite such as breaking a bone because of a dog jumping on you, you may have a common law strict liability claim. As with any personal injury case in California, the statute of limitations to recover damages for a dog bite injury is two years from the date of injury.