Dog Bites in Florida
Florida law states that the owner of a dog is responsible for any bites caused to another person. Florida is a strict liability state for dog bites. This is the case even if the dog does not have a prior violent history. However, the owner is not liable for any bites, if the owner had prominently displayed on his property a sign stating, “Bad Dog”, unless the victim was under the age of six. The statute of limitations for filing a dog bite claim for damages is four years from the date of the bite.
Defenses to Dog Bite Claims
A dog owner has a defense to the bite if the victim was trespassing on the owner’s private property. Additionally, the owner may only be partially responsible for the victim’s injuries if the victim’s own wrongdoing or negligence contributed to the bite. For example, if a jury found the victim 50% responsible for his injuries, then the damage award to the victim would be reduced by 50%.
If you or a loved one have suffered a dog bite, please do not hesitate to call the law Office of Bottari & Doyle, for a free consultation at 561-588-2781