In Florida, if somebody owns a dog and that dog bites another individual, the owner is strictly liable for any damages that dog causes. This month, we discuss the ramifications of your dog biting another individual in Florida.
If you own a dog and your dog bites someone, you are responsible for any injuries caused by that dog. Typically, your homeowner’s insurance will cover you in that situation. However, not all homeowner’s insurance covers dog bites, or there may be a lower limit of liability for dog bites. Review your policy and ensure you are fully covered if you own a dog.
Even friendly dogs could potentially cause harm or damage to someone else by jumping on them, knocking them over, or accidentally scratching or biting them. So always check your policy. Make sure that you are covered in case your dog injures somebody else.
In Florida, another thing to consider is that if a dog lives on a property that is rented, the landlord could potentially be responsible, as well, especially if they knew that that dog was dangerous or had bitten other people in the past.
If you get bitten by a dog in Florida, an attorney can explore all avenues or resources to ensure you are compensated for your injuries. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call here at Zweben Law Group.