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Injured By A Dog Bite – Florida Dog Bite Law

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Dec 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

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:

  1. He was bitten
  2. 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:

  1. If a dog owner has a bad dog sign on his property and the dog bites a person over 6 years old.
  2. 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.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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