Q: Is the homeowner responsible for his daughters dog injuring me in Florida?
I am a mailman in Florida and was attacked and bit at work. Injuring my knee requiring 2 surgerise and 18 months of missed work. The home owner claims it was his daughters dog who was home from college and therefore not his responsiblity ? Is the homeowner and his insurance liable in the state of Florida if brought to trial?
A: You can definitely make a claim against the owner of the dog. Claims against the homeowner are a bit more complicated if the homeowner is not the owner of the dog. Generally, if the homeowner knows that the dog is on the property and permits the dog to be on the property, the homeowner might be liable for injuries caused by the dog. As you were working, I would guess that you have had a worker's compensation claim for these injuries, but you can also have a personal injury claim against the dog owner and possibly the homeowner. Contact a local personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
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A: Usually, the dog's owner is legally responsible for the damage or injury the dog causes. But the homeowner may also be liable if he or she was taking care of and had control over the dog or the dog's owner is less than 18 years old.
A: A dog owner is strictly liable for a third persons injuries, and if another party, not the owner, was negligent in some way, by knowing of the dog's dangerous propensities, but not quarantining the dog around strangers, then he will be liable as well. You should retain counsel on contingency fee here in the Central Florida area for representation. Good luck. You have a case.
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