In Palm Bay, Florida, a 5 year old boy (Jahvon Harrington) and his family are dealing with the aftermath of a dog bite attack on Javon by a Pit Bull dog named Blue Sky. It was reported that the boy was playing with the dog when the dog then attacked the boy. Palm Beach police is investigating the incident and the Florida Department of Children and Families is also participating into this dog bite investigation. The dog is owned by Jahvon’s babysitter. Blue Sky the Pit Bull dog apparently grabbed Jahvon by the head with his strong jaws and then shook Jahvon. The attack traumatized and crushed the facial bones surrounding one eye and tugged and ripped a portion of Jahron’s ear. See Palm Bay Florida 5-Year-Old – Jahvon Harrington – Suffers Facial Personal Injuries in Pit Bull Dog Attack.
Florida has laws in place that provide a cause of action for dog bite victims like Jahvon Harrington. In particular, Florida has strict liability for dog bites. In other words, a dog owner is liable for the injuries caused by a dog regardless of the dog’s prior history, knowledge of the dog owner of the dog’s dangerous propensities, or negligence of the dog owner. While there are some exceptions to Florida’s strict liability law, dog owners are generally liable for the damages, medical bills, and pain / suffering associated with a dog bite.
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