Strict liability means that a pet owner is automatically liable if his or her dog attacks someone. You do not have to prove that the owner was negligent or that the dog had bitten others or shown a “vicious propensity.” A one-time bite from an otherwise friendly dog is still grounds for a claim. Whether the dog is on or off a leash, the owner is responsible for what it does.
The only defenses to a dog bite claim are provocation and trespassing. If necessary, we will argue that you had a legitimate reason to be on the owner’s property and did nothing to provoke the animal.