What happens if my dog bites someone?

February 29, 2012

In Florida, the answer is quite simple: according to Florida Statute § 767.04, “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.” Florida law is very different from other states. Many other states follow what is commonly known as the “one-bite” rule. In other words, each dog may be entitled to one free bite. Theoretically, the free bite lets the owner know their dog can be dangerous. Florida does not follow the “one-bite” rule. According to Florida law, the owner of a dog is liable for injuries regardless “of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.”  We are Tampa, Florida dog bite attorneys. If you, a child, or a loved one were attacked or bitten by a dog resulting in injury, then we want to know about it. At Spinner Law Firm, we understand how serious these cases can be. We know the damage that can be caused by an out-of-control animal, and we know how to make negligent owners pay.

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