If I was Attacked By a Dog in Florida, What Should I Do?

Video Transcription:
Everybody seems to love dogs. I think that we know people that have dogs that seem to love them more than their own family. Despite that, dogs can be unpredictable and the ones that people love the most can be the ones most unpredictable.

Remember that in Florida, a dog owner is strictly liable, they’re strictly responsible for their dog. If they bite somebody, it’s the owner’s responsibility. So, when this happens to you or a family member or a loved one, what do you do? What steps do you need to take.

  1. Contact Animal Control. They will do an investigation and ensure the dog has had their shots. If not, they’ll quarantine them.
     
  2. You want to make sure you make note of where the dog came from, so that you can identify to the police where the dog lives so that they can identify and talk to the owner.
     
  3. You want to make sure the police are involved and a police report is performed. They will take witness statements, photographs and whatever else is necessary to conduct their investigation.
     
  4. I would get good quality photographs of the injury over the course of the healing time.

These are the steps you can take that will help your lawyer identify the owner, reach out and make sure they have homeowner’s insurance and understand whether that particular policy is going to cover that dog because in Florida some of them don’t cover dogs or have breed restrictions.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.