When a dog bites someone and causes injuries, the victim may bring an action against the animalâ€™s owner for damages. Those lawsuits are mostly based on strict liability statutes â€“the dog owner is automatically liable for dog-bite injuries and there is no need to prove that the owner was negligent. However, there are exceptions that may limit the application of strict liability law. According to one-bite rule, the dog owner may avoid liability if his or her dog hasnâ€™t performed dangerous tendencies in the past. Also, the plaintiff cannot be negligent in assuming the risk, or trespassing onto a property with a dog.
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