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

Q: My dog bit a house painting crew member that we hired.

Hello, so we hired a painting company to paint the inside of our house. My wife advised them that she would be working from home in the bedroom and our chihuahua shitzu mix dog would be in there with her. Later in the day when taking the dog outside, my wife got distracted and the dog ran upstairs and bit one of the workers. My wife apologized and offered her medical supplies for treatment. The worker is a young 20 something year old girl who decided she wanted to go to the doctor for treatment. We agreed to cover the cost of the doctor visit and any medications. We have paid the medications via Chase Zelle and are waiting on the receipt for the doctor visit. In the meantime we were made aware that she will be consulting with a lawyer. My question is, if she does file a lawsuit, does that get paid form our homeowners insurance. If so, we are currently trying to sell our house, would that affect the sale of the house? If we sell and no longer deal with that insurance, who is responsibl

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Yes, be sure to notify your insurance carrier of the situation. If you sell, the insurance carrier would still be responsible for this potential claim.

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Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
Answered
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: So a homeowners insurance policy should be reviewed to determine if that policy provides coverage for a dogbite. Some homeowners policies exclude dog bites, so you should start to find out right now if you are covered. As far as selling the house no it will not affect the insurance coverage on this incident, assuming that it is covered, because the accident or incident occurred during the coverage Time period of the policy. In the event that she does take legal action, and the incident is covered by the carrier, simply turn over the legal papers to the insurance company. In the event that your insurance company does not cover this incident, then you are going to be required to defend any imminent legal action at your own expense.

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