Ocala is an excellent city for dog lovers, with the Letty Towles Dog Park available for owners to bring their dogs to. However, a poorly trained dog can be a dangerous, and in the event you are bitten by one, it is important to know your rights. Florida has very specific laws concerning dog bites, some of which may surprise you.
At Morgan & Morgan, our dog bite attorneys understand the specifics of local dog bite law that could potentially make it more difficult to recover compensation. This gives us a distinct advantage over other firms who don’t have the same understanding of local dog bite laws. Our attorneys know how to avoid those pitfalls and give you a better chance of being compensated for your damages.
There are approximately two people killed by dog bites each year in Florida, and more than 600 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health. Painful, frightening, and often serious, a dog bite in Florida requires rapid medical and legal attention. To learn more about what one of our attorneys in Ocala can do for you, fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form.
Understanding Your Rights After a Dog Bite in Ocala
In Florida, the law generally holds dog owners responsible for injury and damage caused by their dogs. Some basic points of law about a dog bite in Florida include the following:
- If you are bitten in the house or on someone else’s property, they can be held responsible for payment if you are attacked by their dog. When you are bitten while in a public place, or lawfully on private property, the owner of the dog is liable.
- If you trespass on property, or behave in a way that contributes to an attack by a dog, a court may hold you liable for a percentage of your injury. This includes teasing, taunting, or tormenting a dog.
- Unless the victim is under the age of six, a dog owner might not be held liable if there was a prominent, easily visible sign warning of a bad, dangerous, or attack dog on the premises.
The pet owner is liable whether the dog bites or attacks a person, or the property of others, such as livestock.
We Can Help You Get Compensation for a Dog Bite or Attack
Whether you suffer losses from a dog bite, automobile accident, or other type of personal injury, you may need a rapid legal response to cope with mounting medical bills, especially if your injury prevents you from working. In Ocala, our attorneys support your claim through the following:
Investigation: Dog bite cases require immediate attention. Animal bites must be reported and dogs quarantined if the dog has not been vaccinated for rabies. We evaluate the location of the attack, licensing, prior dangerous dog behavior, and gather appropriate evidence and photographs to secure and support your claim.
Information: Morgan & Morgan attorneys work closely with you, keeping tabs on your injury and its’ severity to see how you are healing. Often, this involves going through medical records, which can be used as additional evidence in your favor.
Negotiation & Litigation: We are skilled settlement negotiators and trial lawyers. That means that we’re willing to go the extra mile in trying to get you a higher settlement if we feel you deserve it, and we’re able to take your case to trial. We are willing to do what it takes to get you what you need, and we want to make sure your case is satisfactorily closed.
Physical injury from a dog bite can be extensive, and long-term medical care may be necessary. In the event of a dog bite, common injuries include:
- Laceration and puncture wounds
- Blood loss
- Nerve damage, loss of sensation, or loss of function
- Disfiguring scars
- Broken or crushed bones from attack or fall
- Emotional trauma
In the most tragic cases, permanent disability or death can result from a dog attack.
Contact Our Attorneys After a Dog Attack in Ocala
At Morgan & Morgan, our personal injury attorneys in Ocala offer experienced, decisive legal representation when you, or a loved one, suffer a dog bite in Florida. Our attorneys also won’t charge you anything unless they win your case, so there is no up front cost to you for hiring an attorney. To learn more about how one of our dog bite attorneys in Ocala may be able to help, contact us for a free case evaluation.