Personal Injury Video Law Tip
“No, Florida does not have the one bite rule. In fact, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries that their dogs cause. What owners can do to protect themselves is to post a dangerous dog sign on their premises that make people aware, guests, visitors aware that there’s a dog on the premises.”
– Bill Abel
Additional Information about the one-bite rule or law for suits in Florida
Many people mistakenly believe that the one-bite-rule applies in Florida. It is really quite the opposite. Dog owners are held to a higher standard if their dog bites someone. Dog owners do not get a free pass, instead they are strictly liable for any injuries that their dogs may cause.
Strict liability means that the dog owner is absolutely responsible for all injuries without any proof of carelessness or negligence. Once a dog bites someone, all the injured person has to prove is that the bite caused them injury.
The way dog owners can protect themselves is by posting a sign on their property that warns the public (and people coming onto their premises), to beware of their dog. In Florida, there is specific statutory language that applies to the sign and your attorney can provide you with that information.
Personal injury law video number 100028: Does Florida have the one-bite lawsuit rule for dogs?