Dog Bite Accident Attorney
With proper training and socialization, the majority of pets pose no risk, but never underestimate how quickly some dogs can become dangerous animals. There are a number of potential mistakes negligent pet owners can make which can allow the dog to swiftly became dangerous. Any dog owner who is aware their pet is more prone to attack has additional responsibilities to properly restrain their dog at all times. In a case where the dog owner fails to properly restrain their dog, that is seen as negligence and the victim(s) of the attack then have the right to pursue compensation for damages, both current and future. Unfortunately, even dogs who have shown no prior signs of aggressive behavior can be prompted to bite out of fear after going in ‘defense mode’. It is important to keep in mind that we most commonly reference ‘dog bites’, due to the commonality of this type of pet, however, owner liability after a bite is not limited to just dog bites. Additionally, it is important to keep the concept of ‘comparative negligence’ in mind. The dog owner may claim that the victim, is partially at fault for the bite/injury. If the court finds this to be true, damages paid out to you could be lowered based off of your percentage of blame.
Florida Dog Bite Law
In Florida the specific statue that addresses dog bites is FLSA 767.04 which states that the owner of the dog who bites any person while in a public place or lawfully on a private property, including the property of the owner is liable for damages. Regardless, of the prior viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of prior viciousness.
The above statue refers specifically to dog bites, however, if you sustained an injury in another manner, you may be able to receive compensation. Dog bites and subsequent injuries can cause a wide variety of issues including:
- Pain & Suffering
- Fear of Dogs
- Emotional Trauma
Dog Owner Responsibility Limitations
Under most circumstances, the Florida dog bite law allows the pet owner to be held liable for injuries caused by their dog or pet, however there are a few scenarios where the liability of the owner can be lowered or waived altogether. Some of the limitations include if the victim was provoking the animal or if the dog/animal was protecting its owner due to belief of a threat. Another limitation is if the victim was unlawfully on the property. In addition to the above, if the owner had warning signs on the property or any other precautions in place, they will most likely not be held liable.
If you or a loved one has been bit by a dog or other pet and have questions on whether or not you have a personal injury claim. Call The Mayer Law Firm immediately. The Florida dog bite laws are complex, leave it up to us to determine the level of liability. Our law firm can help recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills and more.