Florida personal injury lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, discusses Florida dog bite law.
You and your child are walking down the block and the next thing you know a loose dog is upon you. Your child screams and the dog attacks your child causing severe injuries. Who will pay your child's medical bills? What about the scarring? Can you receive money for your child's injuries? The answers to these questions are fact dependent and require a discussion of the law.
Florida Dog Bite Law
Florida has a dog bite statute codified at 767.04 . The purpose of the statute is to provide a remedy to any person who is injured by a dog bite. Under Florida law, a person bitten by a dog has to show the following:
- He was bitten
- He was in a public place or lawfully on private property
If the injured person can show these two elements then the owner is responsible for the injuries. However, the law gives dog owners a couple of defenses:
- If a dog owner has a bad dog sign on his property and the dog bites a person over 6 years old.
- The comparative negligence of the person that was injured.
One of the issues in Florida dog bite cases are homeowner insurance policies. A lot of the policies have dog bite exclusions – not affording insurance benefits for these types of injuries.
If you have any questions at a Florida dog bite case, call Guy S. DiMartino at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation box on the right of the screen.