Florida Dog Bite Laws You Should Know Before Adopting Fido

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With the holidays just around the corner, you may be considering adopting a four-legged friend for your family. Before you add Fido to the family, it is important to know exactly what your responsibilities are as a dog owner by reviewing some important Florida dog bite laws.

Florida Dog Bite Laws to Consider

  • Responsibilities: The owner of a dog that bites any person on public or private property (that they are lawfully visiting) is liable for damages caused by the bite.
  • All Bark: Regardless of the perceived viciousness of the dog before the bite, the owner will still be liable for damages.
  • Read the Signs: If you post easily readable signs stating, “Bad Dog,” on your property, the owner may not be held liable for a dog bite unless the victim is under the age of six or damages are caused by what is considered a “negligent act.”
  • Insured: In some cases, homeowners insurances may cover dog bites, though you may need to ask your specific carrier. Some communities require more coverage based on your dog breed.

Beyond these Florida dog bite laws, also remember that the adoption of a dog, especially as a gift, is a long-term commitment not to be taken lightly. Ensure that you can provide the training, attention and love that a dog, or any pet, needs in order to truly be man’s best friend.

If you or a loved one are injured due to a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak with an experienced personal injury law attorney at 407-841-7699. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.

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