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Beware of Dog…Insurance!

It has been said, “In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog.” We love our dogs.

According to the 2011 – 2012 American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owners Survey, there are approximately 78.2 million dog owners in the United States. 49.5% of U.S. households own at least one dog. Very few people would debate the benefits of having a dog, such as unconditional love, loyalty and companionship.

But what about the legal ramifications? Florida Statute 767.04 titled “Damage by Dogs” states: “the owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.” If the behavior of the person bitten is partly responsible for the biting incident, the liability of the owner is reduced by the percentage of the bitten person’s negligence. Sounds reasonable … until you consider the differing perceptions of the bitten individual versus the dog owner regarding what caused the incident and by what percentage each party is responsible.

Read The Complete Article On Dog Owners Liability Insurance by M.David

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Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Beware of Dog…Insurance!

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