What Is The One Free Bite Rule And Is It The Law In California?


The one free bite rule used to say that the owner of the dog was not liable if the dog had never bitten a human being before. Therefore, the owner of the dog had no notice or knowledge of the dog’s vicious propensities. That is not the law in California. The owner of a dog that bites a human being is strictly liable in California, and that means liable for all of their out of pocket expenses and a fair and reasonable amount of money for their pain and suffering, including their disfigurement, scarring and future medical bills.

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