Any animal owner whose pet inflicts harm on another person, through a bite or some other form of attack, can be held liable. Florida, Statute 767.04 holds that a dog owner can be held liable for bites inflicted by their animal to anyone in a public place or lawfully in a private place - regardless of whether the canine previously displayed any signs of viciousness.
Our Fort Lauderdale dog bite lawyers work with animal bite victims to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. In some cases, victims can pursue a claim with the owner's homeowner insurance policy.
Still, it's worth noting that dogs aren't the only animals with the potential for aggressiveness. In Florida, people have been known to keep a wide variety of animals as pets. These include cats and birds and horses, etc., but also snakes, lizards and other potentially dangerous reptiles. Anytime the owner of an animal fails to prevent a foreseeable risk of damage or injury, he or she can be held strictly liable under Florida law.