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What is the “one bite” rule?
The "One Bite Rule" is based on the idea that an owner who has no reason to believe their dog is dangerous should not be held liable if the dog surprises everyone by suddenly biting someone.
The laws regarding owner liability for dog bites vary from state to state, but “one bite rule” is one law that is fairly common and often discussed when these claims occur. In many jurisdictions, it is a rule that says that the owner of a domesticated animal can be held liable for injuries caused by the animal only if the owner knew or should have known about the animal’s dangerous or vicious propensities, which may have occurred in the past.
The “One Bite Rule” is based on the idea that an owner who has no reason to believe their dog is dangerous should not be held liable if the dog surprises everyone by suddenly biting someone. Once the dog has taken that action, the owner would then be considered “on notice,” because they would have reason to believe that the dog posed a risk to people. If the dog then bit someone again, the owner would then be liable to the injured person.