Dog Bite Lawyer
What is Florida’s dog bite law?
Florida’s dog bite law is covered in Chapter 767.04 of the Florida Statutes. This statute 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 the damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.”
This means the dog’s owner is financially responsible for any injuries you or your child sustained during an attack. This applies whether the bite occurred in a public park, on a sidewalk, or in a friend or neighbor’s home or yard.
What should I do immediately after a dog bite or attack?
There is great potential for infection or permanent scarring with a dog bite. Seek prompt medical attention and cooperate with doctors for any necessary follow-up care, such as antibiotic treatments and other infection control. This protects not only you or your child’s wellbeing, but also the integrity of a potential dog bite claim.
You should report the dog attack to the Palm Beach Public Safety Department’s Division of Animal Care and Control. You can reach them by calling (561) 233-1215. Request copies of the official police report and photograph all injuries. This information may be used as evidence in a negligence case.
Will the dog be euthanized immediately if I report the attack?
The Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Ordinance outlines the course of action when a dog attack or bite occurs within the county. It does not call for the immediate euthanization of the dog involved in the attack. The dog instead will be placed under observation in quarantine as authorities conduct an investigation into the attack. The dog’s owner will be charged all applicable fees associated with this process.
I’m ready to seek justice. What should I do first?
Florida’s statute of limitations gives you four years in which to pursue damages for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. You may have the option to pursue compensation through negotiations with the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company or another out-of-court process. You can learn more during a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers. Call our offices at (855) 529-0269.