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Definition of Strict Liability

Strict liability is the legal doctrine which allows for a wrongdoer to be held legally liable for an injury even if they were not found to be negligent or careless. More specifically, this premise allows for you to be found responsible for another person's injuries even if you did not do anything wrong. Under strict liability law there are no defenses.

The most common type of strict liability cases are for product liability lawsuits and dog bite cases. Under strict product liability law, the manufacturer, business or seller of a product can be held liable for harm and loss caused by a product, regardless of the seller's intentions. Under this law the claimant does not have to prove negligence to win compensation for their injuries. Similar arguments are made in dog bite cases where the owner may be responsible even if the dog has not previously bitten another person and the bitten person provoked the dog.

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