Dog bites

Because dog bites are so common, there is a Florida Statute that deals directly with this issue. A dog does not get a "free bite" as it does in some states that require prior owner knowledge of his dog biting. Instead, Florida allows recovery from any injury by a dog - whether it has been known to bite before or not. Because of infections and the seriousness of many bites, it is a good idea to go to a medical provider for help. If you are bitten by a dog owned by someone that owns real property, that property owners' homeowners insurance company will usually cover the damages whether the dog is on the property owned by the dog owner or not when it injures its victim.

There are just a few defenses available to dog owners. The dog owner can post a "bad dog" sign to indicate his dogs vicious propensities, and logically, you also cannot intentionally aggravate or antagonize a dog and then blame the dog owner for the resulting injuries.

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