Legal Rights of Dog Bite Victims in the USA


Most states and the District of Columbia impose liability on a dog owner for all dog bites even if the dog previously was a “good dog.” The victim is compensated through the dog owner’s homeowners or renters insurance. A minority of states observe the “one bite rule” which shields a dog owner from liability unless he knew that it tended to bite, or caused the bite negligently or intentionally, or violated a leash law or other animal control law.

To gain a general understanding of the legal rights of a dog bite victim, read “For Dog Bite Victims“. Following that, select any of the following topics for additional information.

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