Dog Bite Lawsuits
Dog bite cases are usually a “strict liability” suit (meaning the plaintiff does not need to show the owner of the dog was negligent). To recover the plaintiff only needs to prove that an attack took place, and the dog was owned, maintained, or controlled by the defendant. There are very few defenses to a dog bite case. One defense available is that the bite was provoked by teasing the dog. Most homeowners insurance covers dog bites unless the dog is classified as a vicious breed.