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.
- Timing is Everything: There is typically a four year statute of limitations on dog bite cases.
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.