In 2013, there were 1,919 dog bite claims in California alone. This was the highest number of dog bite claims of any state. It was nearly double the amount of dog bite claims in New York, the next state on the list, which had 965.
Dog bite claims are on the rise all over the country. This is a serious issue, considering that dog bites can cause lacerations, disfigurement, internal injuries and even death.
Every state has different dog bit laws. Some states have the one-bite rule, which means that an owner would not be liable for a dog bite unless the dog was known to be vicious and had bitten before.
California is a strict liability state. This means that the owner is liable for the damages caused by their dog biting another person, whether this is the dog’s first time or not.