Strict Liability vs. the “One Bite” Rule in Dog Bite Cases


    When man’s best friend turns vicious, you could be seriously injured. A dog bite is no laughing matter, and it can be deadly. You’ll need to seek out care, and then you’ll need to seek out compensation for your damages.

    However, you’ll also need to understand state laws regarding dog bite cases. Typically, these laws tend to fall under strict liability or the one-bite rule for dog attack cases. Depending on your state’s laws, you may have to approach your claim differently. It’s important to understand your claim before you begin.  

    What Is the One-Bite Rule?

    When a dog bites, whether they’re already considered dangerous usually matters. That’s especially true of the states with one-bite rules, which means a dog can bite once before the owner is liable for their pet’s actions.

    The idea behind this law is that it’s not always possible to know whether a dog is dangerous. A golden retriever might be docile and sweet for most of its life before attacking without warning. If a dog suddenly attacks unprovoked, the owner might not have suspected it, and they may not be held liable.

    However, this rule is not absolute. Some breeds are believed to be more dangerous, such as pit bulls and rottweilers, and these dogs might not be subjected to this rule. If the dog was also known for snapping or growling at others, your lawyer may label it as an aggressive dog. If the owner could have suspected that the dog was dangerous, they could be held responsible for the attack.

    Strict Liability for Dog Bite Cases

    Some states are stricter on the owner’s responsibility when it comes to their pets. In states with strict liability, the owner is responsible for a dog attack at any time. That’s the case even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.

    In these cases, it doesn’t matter whether the dog has a history of aggression. What matters is that you were attacked and injured by someone’s dog. In these cases, you and your lawyer can focus mainly on who owned the dog and collecting evidence of the attack.  

    Seek Compensation for an Animal Attack

    After a dog attack, it can be tough to determine liability and secure your rightful compensation. Any injury can leave you feeling overwhelmed, but dog bites can have an especially traumatizing effect on the victim. Focus on your recovery while a Utah dog bite lawyer focuses on recovering your rightful compensation.

    At Craig Swapp & Associates, we understand that determining fault in a dog bite case can be tough, especially in one-bite states. Fortunately, you’ll have the help you need with our attorneys. If you’re struggling with your claim, reach out for a free consultation. We’ll discuss what we can do for your claim.

    Reach out for help by calling 1-800-404-9000 or by visiting our website for more information.