Strict Liability of Dog Bite Attacks



Florida has a strict liability policy on dogbites. FL Statute 767.04. Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their pets do not cause harm to others.


When a dog attacks a person, the injuries can sometimes be severe, requiring emergency and ongoing medical treatment. Scars and disfigurement can occur in serious cases, and in the worst scenarios, victims may be killed. Children are often bitten by dogs after unknowingly provoking them.


In most cases, the dog owner's homeowner's insurance handles injury claims. If an attack happens while the victim is legally on private property (as an invited guest, to deliver mail, etc.) or while the victim is on public property, the owner is typically liable as long as the victim was not intentionally and persistently antagonizing the animal.


Handling a dog bite claim is a complex process. It will take an attorney considerable time and resources to completely gather all of the documentation, make a determination, and file the appropriate claim on you or your child's behalf. It is not an undertaking to be recommended to one who is not well versed in the complicated laws that govern such actions, and the documentation required to establish the true value of a claim.

Michael E. Seelie will gather the necessary data, and determined the extent of the injury and will know both the best way to proceed and the range of value the claim possesses.  


Most dog bites occur to children. In Florida, financial recovery on behalf of a child in a dog bite injury claim is placed in a protective account until the child is 18 in most circumstances. Ensuring that the recovery for your child is maximized and properly structured to provide full benefit to your child's future is an extraordinarily important reason to seek legal counsel. 



Michael E. Seelie, PA has represented people in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities of Orange Park, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Callahan, Palatka, Fernandina Beach, Gainesville, and Lake City in rollover accident cases since 1978.