What Is the Legal Duty of a Florida Dog Owner for a Dog Bite injury?

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In the State of Florida, dogs are present in millions of homes and in virtually every community. Residents and visitors to the State of Florida enjoy dog ownership and companionship. Unfortunately, many people (including children) are victims of dog bite injuries in the State of Florida. Whether the dog is big, small, or a certain breed, the duties of the dog owner remain the same. A Florida dog owner has a duty to maintain reasonable control of the dog. If a dog owner takes safety precautions and otherwise diligent about the attempted control of the dog, a dog owner can still be liable for dog bite related injuries.
Florida has enacted special laws for dog bite injuries under Florida Statutes and related case law. Unlike other other types of personal injury cases (automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries, premises liabilities, and other matters, a dog bite victim typically does not need to show that a dog bite owner was negligent in failing to control the dog. In addition, a dog bite victim typically is not required to show that the dog owner knew or should have known of the dangerous propensities of the dog.
Florida Dog Bite Laws are mainly based on Chapter 767, Florida Statutes. The general law is that a dog bite owner is strictly liable for dog bite related injuries. There are some limited exceptions to this general law. When a person is bitten by a dog, a Florida civil case or claim for personal injuries can be pursued by or on behalf of the dog bite victim. Unfortunately, many dog bite victims including children suffer facial injuries and othe permanent injuries as a result of dog bite incidents. A case, claim or civil lawsuit for dog bite related injuries can include past medical bills, future medical bills, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, loss of services, loss of companionship, and loss of earning capacity. Because the laws and insurance claims involving dog bite related injuries can be complex and confusing, it is important to hire a Florida Dog Bite Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and legal representation.
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. is a personal injury law firm based in Jacksonville, Florida and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Since 1957, the personal injury attorneys have represented dog bite injury victims and their families. At Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., we are On Your Side – At Your Side.

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