Domestic AnimalsDomestic animals are generally considered safer than the majority of wild animals. While dogs are more likely than other domestic animals to bite or cause harm, many other domestic animals can cause damage or injuries as well. Find out more about dog liability here. Domestic animals can include livestock as well. This is partly because the owner of the livestock has more control over the livestock’s actions than they would a wild animal that just happened to be on their property.
Domestic Animal LiabilityAs a general rule, if the animal’s owner knows that the dog or other animal has dangerous propensities, then they could be held strictly liable if the animal causes harm. That means the owner is liable even when the injured person provoked the animal. The owner may have been acting completely reasonably when the bite occurred, but they would still be liable. If the animal is not known to be dangerous, then the animal owner’s liability will depend on why the bite happened. The Court is now allowed to consider whether the animal was provoked or acted on it’s own.
Fencing and Escaping LivestockFlorida law does not require you to have a fence for either your livestock or your domestic animals. However, if your animal hurts someone or strays onto a road and causes an accident, you could still be liable. In fact, you might even be criminally liable in addition to a potential personal injury case. The owner of the animal can bring a suit against a driver in situations where he or she was not negligent in allowing the animal to wander. This can be difficult to prove, so it is far more likely to see a case where the driver of a vehicle sues the animal’s owner for letting their animal roam free to cause accidents.
Read more about proving your personal injury and dog bites here.