In Florida, dog bite victims can pursue a claim or case for personal injuries even if the dog owner was not negligent for his or her actions as a dog owner. Florida dog bite cases are governed by Florida Statutes. See Florida’s Dog Bite Statute – Section 767.04, Florida Statute – Dog owner’s liability for damages to persons bitten.
There are many dog bite incidents in which the dog owner took precautions to contain or fence the dog but the dog got out and bit another person. For example, if a dog in Florida crawled or dug under a fence and then bit another person – the dog owner would still be liable for the dog bite related injuries. It would not be a legal defense in Florida to state that the fence was put up by a professional or that the dog owner had no knowledge that the dog could dig or crawl under the fence. While it is a good thing to take precautions, Florida has a strict liability law in place and if a dog escapes with no warning or notice to the dog owner – there is still legal liability for the dog bite related injuries and medical expenses. This situation would go the same for a case where the dog ran out of the front door of the house when a person rang the door bell. A moment of opportunity for the dog even though it was not reckless by the dog owner can still lead to legal liability.
Dog owners should recognize that with the privilege of dog ownership comes responsibility. Unexpected situations can happen and dog bites do take place. In Florida, it is clearly stated in the law that the dog owner is liable. You can read more about dog bite injuries in a chapter in the book – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know. You can receive a free copy of this child injury book at Get Free Child Injury Book – The ABCs of Child Injury.