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Dog Bite Laws in California
Many states require victims to show evidence that the owner knew the dog was aggressive. But California imposes strict liability on dog owners that cause injury (which means it is unnecessary to prove that the dog's owner was aware of past aggressive behavior). There are a few exceptions to this rule, which must be satisfied to have a strong claim for damages:
- You should be lawfully present on the property at the time of the attack, meaning you were not trespassing
- Anyone in control of the dog, not necessarily its owner, can be sued for negligence
- Kennel workers and veterinarians cannot sue dog owners for strict liability because they assume the risk in the course of their employment
- Strict liability is forfeited if the animal was provoked, harassed, or annoyed by the injured victim