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In Florida, dog owners are responsible for any harm done by their dog towards an individual who is legally on the dog owner’s property. It is not necessary for the claimant to prove negligence on behalf of the dog owner, rather, dog owners are subject to strict liability.
Florida statute 767.04 states, “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, the law in Florida also makes allowances for dog owners who post “bad dog” or similar warning signs about their pet. Warning signs posted by dog owners serve as a defense against claims by anyone bitten their dog unless the dog bite victim is under the age of 6.
How to Avoid a Dog Bite
People will certainly disagree about what breeds of dogs may be classified as dangerous. Many of the breeds on this list produce loving and safe dogs. Unfortunately, some people are negligent in the way they keep their dog. Negligent owners will allow their dog to roam free, opening the owners up to liability. It is especially important to avoid instigating contact with a dog capable of inflicting a fatal injury. For this reason, the size of the dog plays a large part in determining if certain breeds may be classified as dangerous. Regardless of whether or not the dog intends to cause harm, a larger dog can more easily cause a serious injury. These 10 breeds (listed alphabetically) tend to cause an increase in insurance rates for dog owners:
Bitten at Work?
It is common for postal delivery men, such as those working for UPS,
If you or someone you know has suffered a dog bite, call attorney Frank Eidson, P.A. now at 407-245-2887 (