There is a range of dog bites that are categorized based on the level of severity.
California’s Dog Bite Laws
Under California Civil Code Section 3342, a dog owner will be held liable for damages if their dog:
However, this rule does not apply to those who were bit by a dog who is engaged in police or military work.
Additionally, the “one-bite rule” does not apply in California. Once a dog bites the victim, strict liability will be implemented in this situation. The victim is not required to show proof of any previous bites they have suffered by the same dog.
California law will impose an added duty of care to the dog owner if their dog has previously shown its capabilities of acting aggressively towards others. An owner who takes care of these kinds of dogs will have to take appropriate steps to prevent them from attacking anyone. If the owner does not administer proper training sessions to improve their dog’s behavior, then it is highly likely that the dog will eventually bite someone. Under this circumstance, the owner will be held liable.
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