When it comes to dog bites, Ireland imposes strict liability on the dog owner. As long as a dog bite occurred in a public place or lawfully on private property — including the dog owner’s property — the dog owner will be held liable for any injuries. Dog bites are emotionally and physically devastating injuries and will always require medical attention.
A dog owner cannot escape liability for a dog bite even if they had no idea that their dog would behave aggressively. According to strict liability, a dog owner will be held responsible for any damages resulting from a dog bite, whether the dog had previously bitten someone or not.
In summary, if you suffered a dog bite, you only need to prove the bite occurred when you were in a public place or while lawfully on someone’s private property. In such instances, there is no requirement for an aggrieved individual to show the dog owner was negligent or didn’t take reasonable care.
Dog bite victims are typically entitled to compensation for their losses. Damages may include: