They say dog is man’s best friend, that is until the dog bites someone. Not only is a dog bite a serious injury that can result in skin damage, bone injury scars, and serious infections, a dog bite generally means a lawsuit against the owner for those damages. State law varies regarding liability for dog bites, and some state laws take into account whether the dog has ever bit a person prior to this incident. If the dog has been before then the state may find the owner strictly liable for all subsequent bites on the theory that the owner should have known about the dog’s propensity for biting. Other states may simply hold the owners liable on simple negligence or premises liability theories regardless of whether the dog has previously been anyone. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, or if your dog has bitten someone else, then you should contact an attorney immediately to discuss your case. The sooner the better in these cases as the injuries and the circumstances should be well documented as soon as possible after the incident.