Dog bite

Florida State Statute 767. 04 Governs a dog owners’ liability when a person is bitten by a dog in the State of Florida. Stipulates that, “the owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or unlawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners knowledge of such viciousness. 

In many states, there is what is commonly referred to as a one bite rule. The one bite rule essentially allows an owner to not know of the violent propensity of an animal, and the animal is allowed one bite before it is impounded or put down. 

But in the Sate of Florida, the propensity for viciousness does not matter. Regardless of whether the owner knew of the dog’s propensity to bite, the owner can still be held liable in the State of Florida. When you are held to a certain standard regardless of the intent or knowledge element of a law, that is known as a strict liability law. In Florida, the dog bite law would be considered a strict liability law imposed on dog owners.

Here at the Orlando Accident Attorney, we absolutely love our dogs and all animals, and we also enjoy giving charitably to institutions such as the Humane Society for animals that have went astray. However, no person should have to undergo a vicious dog attack that alters the life of a person. That’s why we are advocates and plaintiffs attorneys for dog bite victims.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite, please call us here at the Orlando Accident Attorney at 407-706-3909.