Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but with them comes the responsibility of containing them and caring for them correctly. When a dog is let loose and bites another individual, the owner of the dog may be responsible for damages and costs incurred because of the bite and that’s just one of the many reasons why you need to know the Dog Bite Law.
A dog bite can be stressful and traumatic, and the last thing you want to worry about is covering your medical bills while you recover.
FLSA 767.04 is Florida’s Dog Bite Law and mandates that if a dog bites a person who is lawfully in a private place or in a public place, the dog’s owner may be liable for any injuries caused by the bite. This means that any costs accrued for medical care because of the injury must be paid by the dog’s owner and not the injured party.
The law only covers dog bites, not other injuries that may be caused by the animal. If the injured party can prove that the owner did not use reasonable care or was negligent, those injuries may be covered also.
In some states, it is required that the owner have some warning that the dog may bite. In Florida, the owner is liable even when there is no warning or prior knowledge about the dog biting. Because of this, Florida is known as a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites.
If the injured party was determined to be negligent when it comes to the injury, the owner’s liability is reduced by the percentage the injured party is negligent. This could lead to reduced settlements if the bite was the result of a careless choice on the part of the injured.
Can an Attorney Help?
An animal attack or a dog bite can be considered a personal injury, and an attorney may be able to help you increase your settlement for injuries incurred and medical attention required in a dog bite lawsuit in Florida. If you have been the victim of an animal attack, contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your case.