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Bit By A Dog In Florida

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What damages can I recover after being injured by a dog bite, and who is responsible for paying for these damages?

In the state of Florida, the owner of a dog that bites or attacks someone while they are on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by the person that is bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.

Further, owners of dogs are liable for “any damage done by their dogs to a person”. The damage does not have to be caused by a dog bite or dog attack. In certain cases, the person that was taking care of the dog at the time of the dog attack will be held accountable for the damages. In certain limited circumstances, a landlord may be held liable for the damages caused by his tenant’s dog.

If a dog bite or dog attack caused you to be injured, you may have the right to recover the following damages: past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish; disability or physical impairment, disfigurement, and your loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.

Homeowners insurance is what normally covers dog bite injuries unless specifically excluded from the policy. We can find out that information if you decide to have us represent you in your dog bite injury case.