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Dog Bite Injuries
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United State annually. Of those, almost 800,000 victims require medical care, and 6,000 victims are hospitalized each year. Children are at highest risk for being bitten by a dog.
As you can imagine, dog bites can cause serious injuries, nerve damage, pain, illness and even death. Moreover, dog bites can result in infections such as Rabies, MRSA, Tetnus, and bacteria infections.
Florida Statutes Concerning Liability for Dog Bites
Florida has codified liability for dog bits in § 767.04, Florida Statutes. The statute sets out a strict liability scheme for dog owners. That is, if the conditions of the statute are met, there is no need to prove that the a dog owner was negligent or failed to use reasonable care in causing the dog to bite a victim. Pursuant to the statute, a dog owner is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness. This responsibility extends to people in public places and persons who are on private property lawfully (i.e. the statute does not apply to trespassers). However, the statute maintains Florida’s adherence to the rule of “pure comparative negligence.” This means that the jury may determine that more than one person negligently contributed to dog bite, and allocate a percentage of fault to each of the negligent person, potentially including the dog bite victim (e.g. if the dog bite victim taunts the dog prior to being bitten). If so, following the trial, the court will reduce the injured party’s award of money damages to the percentage allocated to the defendant in the lawsuit.
In addition to liability under the dog bite statute, or in instances where the statute is not applicable, a dog bite victim may proceed under other legal theories of liability such as negligence or, where applicable, intentional tort. Depending upon the circumstances, other Florida statute or local laws may be applicable as evidence of negligence, such as leash laws.
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