What to do if you are bitten by a dog
When it comes to dog bites, Florida is a “strict liability” state. This means that even if the dog’s owner had no prior knowledge or warning that the dog might bite another person, the owner could still be held responsible for your injuries.
Collect information from the dog owner and any witnessesCollect information including names, phone numbers, and addresses. A serious injury will necessitate medical treatment, but you want to make sure that you don't rush off before getting any contact information, either.
Take pictures of the wound and animal that bit youYou can also ask witnesses if they can help, if you don't have the ability to take photos at the time of the dog bite. Photos are the best evidence you can have.
Ask the owner about vaccinations and rabies shotsYou may need follow up medical care if records are not known or can't be proven.
If the bite is serious, explore your optionsA dog bite can result in medical bills, lost wages, and a need for cosmetic surgery. If this is the case, you may wish to obtain compensation from the owner. In some cases, the owner may be represented by an insurance company. If the owner is unwilling to take responsibility, and you decide that it is necessary to sue the owner for compensation for the injuries you've sustained, contact a lawyer.