Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Florida Dog Bite Lawyer
Our Injury Lawyers Help Animal Attack and Dog Bite Victims in Florida Recover Just Compensation
Dog attacks can happen suddenly, with the dog’s aggression seeming to come out of nowhere. Even well-trained dogs can be unpredictable; and, in order to prevent unprovoked attacks, dog owners must ensure that their animals are leashed or fenced at all times. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, you deserve to have your medical expenses and other losses covered, and it is important that you speak with a Florida dog bite lawyer as soon as possible.
At Searcy Denney, our personal injury team represents parents and dog bite victims throughout Florida. Florida’s dog bite law provides individuals who have been bitten with clear legal rights, and our lawyers are experienced in helping parents and victims recover just compensation. If you or your child has been bitten, one of our injury lawyers will be happy to explain your legal rights one-on-one, and we will use our experience to make sure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.
Florida’s Dog Bite Statute Protects Child and Adult Victims
Different states have different rules regarding liability for dog attacks. Fortunately, Florida’s dog bite statute is particularly favorable for victims and their families. It protects both child and adult victims of dog attacks, and it does not excuse a dog’s first attack.
Florida’s Dog Bite Law Does Not Follow the “One Bite” Rule
Many states follow the “one bite” rule when it comes to liability for dog attacks. This rule says that a dog’s owner is not liable the first time the dog bites someone—under the theory that the owner may not have known that the dog was dangerous (there are often exceptions for certain circumstances and certain breeds). However, Florida’s dog bite statute does not follow the “one bite” rule. It 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 . . . is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.”
This is known as a “strict liability” standard, meaning that the dog’s owner is liable regardless of the dog’s history and regardless of whether the owner took reasonable steps to prevent the dog from biting.
In Florida, dog owners can only escape liability for dog bites if they place a prominent warning sign on their property that includes the word “Bad Dog” and the bite occurs on their property. However, this rule does not preclude liability if the dog bites a child under the age of six. If a dog bite victim provokes the dog into biting, then his or her ability to recover is not eliminated entirely, but rather is reduced in proportion to his or her percentage of fault in the attack.
Speak with a Florida Dog Bite Lawyer for Free
Have you or your child been seriously injured by a dog bite in Florida? If so, we encourage you to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers about filing a claim for just compensation. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at your convenience, please call 800-780-8607 or get in touch with us online today.