Miami, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Florida

Q: Florida Dog Bite, what should I do?

Hello and thank you for helping! As my neighbor was walking down the apartment complex hallway, she was listening to music on earphones when she reclined on my door frame. This was when I opened the door, my dog was behind me on his leash but when I got spooked and gasped because I was frightened at having someone at my literal door, he jumped up and bit her arm. It wasn't a large wound because as soon as I called his name, he responded. I called the police and have the report on hand. She called the ambulance but they said she was fine and just to go to the doctor for antibiotics if at all. The next day, her boyfriend came to my apartment and gave us the doctors visit receipt and the medication receipt and asked for that to be repaid. However, there is no identification number for her in the police report and the name on the medical receipts and pharmacy receipt are similar but do not match. She doesn't answer her door and only wishes to speak through her boyfriend if at all. Tips?

1 Lawyer Answer
Brandon Labiner
Brandon Labiner
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You certainly did the right thing by filing a police report. Details of the situation and injuries should be included there just in case. As to the medical bills, if she is unresponsive, there isn't much you can do at the moment. If her boyfriend reaches out to you again, I would inform him that you need to speak directly with the woman who was injured since he has no legal authority in the situation. He can obviously be present, but it may be a situation where the boyfriend is pushing a situation that she'd be inclined to let go.

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