Injuries from dog bites can really hurt the owner too, but in a different way
Two days ago, a St. Petersburg grandmother was attacked by a pit bull that broke from its chain. She suffered multiple bites and required surgery. We hear and read about these types of dog attacks occurring all too frequently. They often result in the victim suffering horrific and permanent injuries, even death. The injured person has the right to recover damages from the owner of the dog to compensate them for their medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering. And the dog owner, if sued, can end up with a judgment against them for these damages, which can be financially devastating. Dog bite incidents are governed by Florida Statute Sections 767.01-767.04. Under Florida law, a dog bite is a matter of strict liability. Under this Statute, 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, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness. To put it simply, this injured person doesn’t have the burden to prove that the dog owner was negligent. There is an exception though, if the dog owner posted a “BAD DOG” sign on his or her property, and if so, the dog owner isn’t liable to anyone who is 6 years of age or older, unless the dog owner was negligent. If you or your family member is injured as a result of a dog attack, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should also consult with experienced lawyer to protect your legal rights. If you are the owner of a dog, you should review your homeowners’ insurance policy to make sure that there is insurance coverage to protect you in the unfortunate circumstance where your dog may cause injury to another person. Be aware that many homeowners’ insurance policies have exclusions for injuries cause by animals including dogs.