Florida law provides broad protections for those who suffer injury due to the aggression of dogs belonging to others. F.S. 767 details the state’s “Damage by Dogs” laws. That of course includes bites, but it could also mean other types of injuries inflicted without a bite.
F.S. 767.01 specifically says owners of dogs “shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person.” There is a separate statute, F.S. 767.04, that states the owner of a dog who bites any lawfully present person is liable for the actions of the dog – even if the owner had no prior indication the dog was vicious.
In a recent case out of Nebraska, a plaintiff and her husband sued the owner of two dogs who chased – but never bit or touched – them. As a result of being charged by the dogs (one in particular in the unfenced yard with no restraint), plaintiff fell backward and injured her elbow. Continue reading