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Dog Bites


The responsibility of the dog owner is the make sure that their pet doesn’t harm other people, whether it’s a public place or on the owner’s premises. However, when an owner’s dog bites another individual, the owner may be held liable for their injuries caused by their pet.

If you have sustained a serious injury due to a dog biting incident, it’s imperative to immediately get medical attention and then seek legal counsel from a qualified personal injury attorney. At Band, Gates & Dramis, P.L., we are dedicated to helping our clients recover the financial compensation necessary to make a successful recovery from their injuries.

Florida Dog Bite Laws

Florida is considered a “strict liability” state in regards to dog bite claims, meaning that dog owners are held liable if their dog bites another person, even if they didn’t have any prior knowledge or inclination that their dog might attack. Lack of reasonable care doesn’t have to be proven by the injured party.
The state’s dog bite statute, FLSA 767.04, states that a dog owner is responsible for injuries if:

  • The dog bites another individual, and
  • The individual is in a public place or lawfully in a private place

If an individual is injured by a dog in another way besides getting bit, he or she may be able to prove the owner is liable due to negligence or failure to use reasonable care. According to the state’s statute of limitations, a person is able to file a dog bite lawsuit within four years of the date of the incident.

Have Our Experienced Legal Team On Your Side Today!

At Band, Gates & Dramis, P.L., our Sarasota personal injury attorneys understand what it takes to successfully pursue the justice you deserve. With more than 100 years of collective legal experience, our legal team possess the extensive knowledge of the Florida legal system to help you navigate through any complexities which may arise in your case. Let us fight for you while you recover from your injuries.

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