Washington law has what is called “strict liability” for dog bites. This means that the owner of any dog that bites someone in public or lawfully on private property is generally liable for the injuries caused by the dog bite. A dog owner may be liable the first time his or her dog bites, even if the owner did not know and had no reason to know the dog might bite someone. This contrasts some states that have a “one-bite” rule, which requires a dog owner to know or have reason to know that the dog is dangerous before he or she can be held liable for damages. Serious injuries and illnesses can develop from dog bites. Washington’s strict liability for dog bites helps ensure victims of dog bites are compensated for their injuries by holding the owner liable for the injuries.
RCW 16.08.040: Dog bites—Liability.
(1) The owner of any dog which shall bite any person while such person is in or on a public place or lawfully in or on a private place including the property of the owner of such dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
(2) This section does not apply to the lawful application of a police dog, as defined in RCW 4.24.410.
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