Even with years of training and a tame disposition, every family dog out
there is still an animal at heart – you can’t just take the
wolf right out of a canine, no matter how hard you try. For this reason,
some dog bites can seemingly come at random, a perfectly normal mutt lashing
out unexpectedly and causing someone a bite requiring stitches. Many states
have adopted a “one bite rule” to account for the innate wildness
in all dogs, which permits the dog and its owner some leniency in the
law the first time it bites someone, assuming it had never shown obvious
signs of aggression before.
Florida is not one of those states, however, and does not have a “one
bite rule.” If you live in Florida State and a dog attacks and injures
you, the owner can be held to strict liability statutes. This means you
can sue the dog owner for any damages caused directly by the dog’s
attack, such as medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma –
dog attack victims often report feelings of anxiety around any dog afterwards.
Dangerous Dog Laws in Florida
In addition to not having a “one bite” law, Florida State also
uses “dangerous dog laws” to label canines that have posed
a threat to people in the past. Dangerous dogs are typically impounded
and put down if the injuries they cause are severe. If they are permitted
to live, the owner must adhere to strict court orders that might state
that the hound must be kept secured at all times on the property, no longer
able to even be taken out for a walk. In your own
dog bite case, it will be worth having your attorney check public records for you to
see if the hound has been officially deemed dangerous in the past. If
so, your chances of securing maximum compensation could be dramatically
Have you been bitten by a dog in Florida? Allow Martin County Personal
Injury Attorney Lauri J. Goldstein and her team of professional lawyers
to take up your case and fight for your rights as an injured innocent.
We can analyze your case from top to bottom to determine how the owner’s
negligence was a factor in your injuries, as well as challenge any accusatory
statements they might make, such as you were trespassing or hurting the
dog at the time of the attack.
Call 866-675-4427 today for more information.