In Madeira Beach, Florida, a 5 year old boy, Jason Melitshka, suffered serious personal injuries after being bitten by a Pit Bull. The dog is owned by a family friend. As the boy walked into the apartment, the dog pounced on the 5 year old and bit the child at least two times before letting go. Jason was later treated at All Children’s Hospital. You can read about this story at Madeira Beach, Florida 5 Year Old Bitten by Pit Bull Dog.
Children like Jason have legal rights when they are injured by a dog. Florida provides for Strict Liability for dog bite injuries. In other words, the owner of a dog is liable for injuries caused by a dog even if the dog had never bitten before. In addition, a dog owner is liable for a dog bite injury regardless of breed or the dog’s history of viciousness or danger. There are some rare exceptions to this general rule if the child is trespassing and for other rare occurrences.
Many questions arise in a dog bite injury case in Florida. Who is responsible for the personal injuries and scars caused by the dog bite? Who is going to pay the medical bills? Is my child entitled to compensation for pain and suffering as well as future medical care?
The dog owner is responsible for the dog bite injuries. Hopefully, there is homeowners or renters insurance in place that provides coverage for dog bite injuries. Many insurance policies exclude such incidents from coverage. Unfortunately, many renters in apartments have no coverage whatsoever for such incidents.
When a child is bitten by a dog, it is helpful to have the advice, consultation, and representation from a Florida Child Injury Lawyer to help the parents and caregivers answer and deal with the above questions and issues.