Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can a person be held liable if they were provoking a dog before it bit them?
A: In Northern California, if a person provokes a dog before getting bitten, it may affect the liability of the dog owner. The owner may not be held strictly liable for the bite, but the specific circumstances and degree of provocation will be considered in determining liability.
Q: Can a dog owner be held liable if their dog scares someone without actually biting them?
A: Under strict liability laws in Northern California, the owner may not be held liable if the dog did not cause any physical injury or bite the person. However, if the owner's negligence or intentional actions result in emotional distress or other harm to the person, they may still be held liable under other legal theories, such as negligence or intentional infliction of emotional distress.