Miami, FL asked in Animal / Dog Law for Florida

Q: Florida Dog Bite, please help

I had my dog (9 month old Australian Shepherd, male) on his leash, opened my door and a neighbor was standing on my apartment doorstep while listening to music on her headphones- leaning against my door. I was surprised and gasped. My dog ran up to her and bit her on the arm, it was a superficial bite. The police were called and the ambulance came and told her everything looked well but she could choose to go to a doctor. We have a police report but upon checking the name of the person, they don't have an identification listed. They want me to pay for the doctor bills but her name is slightly different on each paperwork. She seems to be an illegal immigrant and refuses to speak to us- only speaks through her boyfriend. What should I do? The dog is not usually aggressive and it's his first time biting someone.

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Brandon Labiner
Brandon Labiner
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I believe this is the same question as a previous question in Personal Injury, but with a bit more detail. As I said there, I would make a point that you do not feel comfortable discussing this without the woman who was injured present. Any claims for payment of her injuries would go through your homeowner's or renter's insurance, but I would assume they would also need full and correct paperwork to document the injuries and costs.

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