In the state of Florida, there is a special statute that makes the owner of a dog legally responsible if it bites a person. Normally, property owners are only liable for injuries on their property if their negligence caused the injury. Under Florida’s dog bite statute, a dog owner can be found liable without the burden of proving negligence if a person who is lawfully on their property gets bitten by their dog. Dog owners are also responsible if their pet bites a person in a public or private place.
When Is a Person Lawfully on Your Property?
If someone comes to your property to perform a duty, like a plumber who is there to fix your sink, then they are lawfully on your premises. The same goes for people who visit your property with your implied consent - like postal workers. Last year 5,714 postal employees were attacked by dogs (lower than the year before). Florida ranks in the top 10 states for dog attacks.
Are There Any Exceptions to the Dog Bite Statute?
If a person harasses or teases your dog and it results in them being bitten, then the dog bite statute won’t apply because they are responsible for their own injury. If you display signs that read “Bad or Dangerous Dog” in easily visible areas of your property, then you will only be liable for a dog bite if your negligence resulted in the loss of control of your dog. This exception does not apply if your dog bites a child under the age of six.
Do You Need Help with a Dog Bite Case?
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, we are dedicated to helping clients throughout Florida resolve their dog bite injury cases. Our team of seasoned lawyers has more than 200 years of combined legal experience, and we are prepared to get to work for you today. Stop by our law firm today to find out how we can use our extensive resources to protect your interests.
Call (561) 922-0258 to request your free consultation with our Florida dog bites attorneys.