The law in Florida is quite clear that the owner of a dog is strictly liable, which means they are responsible for any and all damages caused by their dog. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog , it is important to be able to identify the dog and more importantly identify the dog owner.
Also, seek medical attention immediately, and contact county animal control to report the bite as well as the police.
Generally speaking homeowner's insurance will cover injuries caused from dog bites. Now, the insurance companies are writing language in the homeowner' policy which excludes liability for dog bites. If you are a victim, contact an experienced injury lawyer who handles dog bite cases on a regular basis.
Pre-Existing Injuries and How They May Affect Your Claim in Florida
Standard Florida Jury Instructions say:
"If you find that the defendants caused a bodily injury, and that the injury resulted in an aggravation of an existing disease or physical defect or activation of a latent disease or physical defect, you should attempt to determine what portion of the claimant's condition resulted from the aggravation or activation. If you can make that determination, then you should award only those damages resulting from the aggravation or activation. However, if you cannot make that determination, or if it cannot be said that the condition would have exited apart from the injury, then you should award damages for the entire condition suffered by claimant"
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