Holding someone liable for your dog bite injuries depends on the laws of your state and the strength of your case. In some states, the “one-bite” rule is used and this imposes liability if the owner knew or had genuine reason to know their dog was dangerous, for example if the dog has bitten someone in the past. Other statutes enforce strict liability where the person injured only has to prove that the injury was caused by the dog bite while they were in a place they had the legal right to be, regardless of preventive measures taken by the owner.
Various dog bite and negligence statutes signifies that it is the duty of the owner to protect others from harm caused by their dog. This includes guests, workers on their property, and people in public spaces. Owners also have to obey local laws and statutes that create liability for those who own particularly dangerous animals or specific breeds of dogs. Further, in some states, people other than the dog owner may be held responsible for injuries. For example, parents of a dog-owning minor, caretakers (such as dog sitters or a kennel), property owners, and landlords could be held responsible for the dog bite.