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If you were bit by another person’s pet, you should know that Florida’s regulations governing dog bites are very strict. You may be able to receive compensation by hiring an attorney well-versed in these laws.
Morgan & Morgan’s Jacksonville attorneys can help you file a dog bite claim, and can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Florida’s dog bite laws are very intricate, and a lack of understanding can setback your case and limit your chances. Our firm has won numerous verdicts in the field of dog bites, our attorneys can provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to make a make an informed decision regarded whether to pursue a lawsuit or not.
Have you been injured by a dog bite? If so, our attorneys may be able to help you pursue a lawsuit to recover compensation for your losses. Find out more by completing our case review form today and your claim will be evaluated, at no cost to you.
Why Should I Hire a Jacksonville Dog Bite Attorney?
In Florida, filing a claim to recover compensation after a dog bite injury is a fairly straightforward process; however, depending on the complexity of your case, certain complications may delay the process.
It is important that you hire a Jacksonville dog bite attorney to navigate these types of cases. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to properly handle dog bite cases and can investigate the incident by evaluating:
- Your involvement in the event
- The dog’s behavior and previous history of attacks
- The location of the attack
- If any warning signs were posted
- The dog owner’s compliance with the law
Your attorney’s investigation can investigate the truth and help you fend off any litigations that suggest you were at fault for the bite and injury. The attorneys in our Jacksonville office are proficient and thorough in their investigations and have a great track record of building successful claims on behalf of their clients.
Florida Dog Bite Law
In Florida, an owner can be held strictly liable for damage that may result if their dog bites another individual or damages their property. If a person is bit by a dog and is either on public property or lawfully on the owner’s property, the owner will generally be held accountable for the dog’s actions. In essence, if you are bit by a dog, you are generally entitled to compensation for your injuries—regardless of the caution taken by the owner. Your attorney must only prove the dog bit you and that you sustained an injury as a result.
Defenses in Dog Bite Cases
Florida regulations offer dog owners some protection against liability under certain circumstances.
Comparative Negligence: In cases where the defendant believes the injured party or property owner contributed to the attack or bite in some manner, they may be able to limit their potential liability. If it is determined the victim contributed to the bite (e.g., provoked the animal, ignored warning signs, etc.), their recovery may be reduced by the percentage of the attack for which the court determines they were responsible.
Bad Dog Exception: Owners are typically not liable for injuries or damage a victim sustains if they are lawfully on the owner’s property, and the property contains clearly visible signs warning of a “bad dog” or cautioning visitors to “beware of dog.”
“One Bite” Rule: Under this rule, a victim may be barred from recovering compensation if they are aware of the dog’s previous vicious behavior or of any previous attacks.
Liability is not strictly limited to the dog’s owner. For example, if a landlord is aware that there is a dangerous dog on his or her property, he or she may also be liable for the dog’s actions. This is because the landlord has a duty to protect his or her tenants from the risk of injury.
What Can I Recover After a Dog Bite Attack?
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be able to recover compensation for present and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, veterinary bills, and property damage.
To learn how a dog bite lawsuit can help you, complete our free case review form today.