Reporting a Dog Bite
To report a dog bite, the victim needs to call county animal control or the police. Dog bite reports vary between counties, and they may require more detailed medical information or pictures of the bite. If the victim fails to report the dog bite, the victim may never receive compensation for damages incurred. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and mental suffering.
Report the Bite Quickly
For accuracy, it is best to report a dog bite quickly. For example, a dog bite incident may occur between two owners and their two dogs. There have been reports of false dog bite claims in some of these cases, where one owner’s dog was bitten by another owner’s dog. The victim failed to report the incident, thinking they would be a friendly neighbor. The owner of the uninjured dog did file a dog bite report. The victim was forced to quarantine their dog, despite obvious dog bite marks. These false bite claims are typically identified and corrected. However, in cases where both dogs are injured, the only way for police to know which owner may be at fault is through a third-party witness.
Florida's Dog Bite Laws
Florida’s two main dog bite laws include strict liability and negligence.
In a strict liability claim, the owner is responsible for any injuries caused by their dog in public areas or to people legally admitted on private property.
Negligence claims state that the owner is responsible for injury caused by their dog if a duty of care is breeched. Breeched duty of care occurs if the owner allows the dog to run loose, or allows for other reckless canine behavior.