Dangerous Dog Laws – Doug Landau examines Florida’s dog bite statute

Florida state statute sections 767.01 – 16; § 705.19; § 823.041; § 823.15 outline the Sunshine State’s dog provisions, which mainly cover dangerous dog and dog bite laws. ABRAMS LANDAU multistate injury lawyer Doug Landau notes that like some other state laws, the Florida statute provides:

The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is 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 persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness. However, any negligence on the part of the person bitten that is a proximate cause of the biting incident reduces the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident. If a dog that has previously been declared dangerous attacks or bites a person or a domestic animal without provocation, the owner is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. The dog will be impounded for a period of ten days during which time the owner of the dog may request a hearing.

Unlike other states, such as Virginia, where the ABRAMS LANDAU dog attack and dog bite litigation team must prove “notice” of prior similar attacks, bites or bad acts, in Florida, we must only show that our injured client was lawfully on the property or premises and that the innocent plaintiff did nothing to provoke or cause the animal attack. If you, or someone you know, has been bitten, attacked, injured or mauled by a dog, please contact us so that we can help. Since there are strict time limits for these horrific injury cases, e-mail us at FrontDesk@LandauLawShop.com or call 703-796-9555 at once.

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