Delaware’s Strict Liability Dog Bite Law
Delaware law places strict liability upon the owners of dogs. Due to the foresight of the Delaware legislature in the 1990’s an owner of a dog located anywhere in Delaware is strictly liable for the damages caused by their dog biting humans and other animals, even on the first bite. Delaware dogs no longer get “one free bite”. The law is contained at 9 Del. C. § 913 and states:
§ 913. Liability of dog owner for damages. The owner of a dog is liable in damages for any injury, death or loss to person or property that is caused by such dog, unless the injury, death or loss was caused to the body or property of a person who, at the time, was committing or attempting to commit a trespass or other criminal offense on the property of the owner, or was committing or attempting to commit a criminal offense against any person, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.
If you have suffered personal injuries as a result of being bitten by someone elses dog call the Delaware Dog Bite Personal Injury Lawyers of Knepper & Stratton at (302)658-1717 or (302)736-5500 for a free initial consultation, so that we can help you obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, permanent injuries and pain and suffering.