How common are dog bite injuries in Florida?

When it comes to the number of claims submitted to insurance claims for dog bite injuries, Florida is near the top of the list. A study performed by the Insurance Information Institute estimated that Florida, when compared with other large states such as California and Texas, submitted 1,281 claims for dog bites or other god injuries which caused serious injuries or fractures.[1] In the U.S. population overall, there were on average 6.8 claims for every 100,000 people.[2]

When it comes to paying these claims, the average in Florida was $43,893 in 2018, which was higher than the national average of $39,017.[3] According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, every year there are 4.5 million people bitten by one of the 78 million dogs living in the United States.[4] The CDC has found that children who are between the ages of 5 and 9 years old are most at risk for an injury related to a dog bite.[5]


What is a dangerous dog label in FloridaDog, Attack, Aggressive, Anger, Bite, Angry, Shepherd

In Florida, if a dog is determined to be dangerous and is declared so under Florida law, the owner of that dog has to take certain precautions. Typically, the dog will have to be registered with authorities and the dog must be kept in a secure area. The owner must place dangerous dog signs around the property and if the owner decides to take the dog out beyond the property lines, they must do so with the dog on a collar and a leash. But what does Florida consider to be a dangerous dog? Typically, if the dog has been aggressive in the past and has bitten someone before, bitten or caused injury to another animal in the past or chased or been aggressive towards someone in the past. Under each of those circumstances, a dog may be declared dangerous under Florida law.

A dog owner may escape liability for an attack if the dog was defending the owner from a perceived threat, if the dog was being harassed by someone or if the person who was attacked was trespassing on private property at the time of the attack.


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The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group stand ready and willing to assist and are experienced when it comes to handling dog bite claims. They understand the most effective way to get you the recovery you deserve and will exhaust all remedies available to obtain compensation. The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group are not opposed to going beyond an insurance policy and will run asset checks to see if someone can be held liable as an individual. If you have a dog that has been deemed dangerous and are being contacted by an insurance company, give us a call and we would be happy to explain to you the legal process and what to expect. Our attorneys are standing by to assist and can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our consultations are always free, and you don’t owe us any money unless we are able to obtain a settlement on your behalf. Give us a call today


[1] https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl-bz-florida-dog-bites-insurance-claims-20190405-story.html

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] Id.

[5] Id.