Dog Bite AttacksDog bites are no laughing matters. In addition to deep wounds, an animal bite can cause serious bacterial and viral infections and life-long scarring.
Owners Are Responsible
Florida Statute Chapter 767 provides that, “Owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person or to any animal included in the definitions of ‘domestic animal’ and ‘livestock’ as provided by s. 585.01.”
Not Just “Vicious” Dogs
The statutes also state that, “The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.”
A person is lawfully upon private property of such owner within the meaning of the statutes, “when the person is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when the person is on such property upon invitation, expressed or implied, of the owner.”
The Person Bit Can Also Be Negligent
If the person bit does something to provoke the bite, such negligence on the part of the person bitten could reduce the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident.
The “Bad Dog” Defense
The statutes provide, “However, the owner is not liable, except as to a person under the age of 6, or unless the damages are proximately caused by a negligent act or omission of the owner, if at the time of any such injury the owner had displayed in a prominent place on his or her premises a sign easily readable including the words ‘Bad Dog.’”
Retaining an Attorney When a Loved One Has Been Bitten by a Dog
Dog bites are no laughing matters. In addition to deep wounds, an animal bite can cause serious bacterial and viral infections and life-long scarring. If you or a loved one are a victim of a dog attack, call The Frank Law Firm, 850-224-HELP (4357) for a free consultation.