In Central Florida, there are thousands of dog bites that result in individuals going to the emergency room at Orlando Regional or Florida Hospital. These victims typically are treated in the emergency room and even have to be referred to infectious disease doctors or some type of plastic surgeon. The laws in Florida are very clear that the owner of the dog is solely responsible for the injuries a victim may experience.
The Florida Statute that is applicable is Section 767.04 which 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.” There are a number of exceptions to the rule and the fact that you put up a “Bad Dog” or “Beware of Dog” sign is not typically relevant. There are a number of cases dealing with bad dog signs and if you are injured in Central Florida you need to contact me to determine whether or not you have a claim.
There are basically four areas of compensation in Florida Law. First, you will receive any lost wages that are relevant if you miss work. Second, you will receive any medical bills that are owed or doing to the hospital, plastic surgeon or any other related healthcare provider. Third, you will receive for your pain and suffering for the pain, discomfort and soreness that you experience as a direct result of the bite from the dog. Finally, there is money damages given to you if you have any scars or dismemberment. The cases that are typically the most higherly valued are dog bites to young children or women with scars on or about the face.