Miami Homeowners’ Insurance Attorneys Discuss Liability for Dog Bites
Under Florida law, a dog owner is liable for damages their dog inflicts on another under certain circumstances. Florida law defines a dog owner as any person that harbors, keeps, or has control or custody of the animal. This is a fairly broad definition that can lead to challenging legal scenarios. Dog bites are an important issue for homeowners because most dog bite victims will seek compensation through the homeowners’ insurance company. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we understand that homeowners’ insurance claims can be complex. Our animal liability attorneys discuss below some of the issues that could arise for landlords or individuals who allow others with dogs to stay on their property.
Defining Owner for Homeowners’ Insurance Purposes
To determine liability for a dog bite, it is vital to uncover who owns the dog. Most of the time, the owner of the dog will be the owner of the home where the dog resides, but there are numerous circumstances when this is not the case. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently addressed the issue of at what point, when one person’s dog is housed on the property of another, does the property owner become the “owner” for liability purposes. The case is as follows: Continue reading →