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Dog Bite Lawyer in Bradenton
They say dogs are man's best friend. No doubt about that. These lovely animals have consistently proven their loyalty to humans; from serving alongside our brave soldiers during times of war to helping with rescue operations in times of disaster, there's no doubt that dogs have a special bond with humans. However, not all dog breeds are the same. Some are more aggressive than others. This explains why when walking a dog in public, you'll find signs requiring dog owners to always keep their dogs on a leash. Failure to do so could sometimes lead to unfortunate injuries and an unexpected trip to the emergency room. Some people have also lost their lives due to dog attacks. So if you or a loved one is a victim of a dog bite, you may need to speak with a dog bite lawyer in Bradenton. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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How Does the Legal Principle of Strict Liability Apply to Dog Bite Cases in Bradenton?
In Bradenton and throughout Florida, the legal principle of strict liability holds dog owners responsible for injuries caused by their dogs, regardless of the dog's previous behavior or the owner's knowledge of its aggression. In other words, if you're a victim of a dog bite, you don't need to prove the owner's negligence; they can be held liable as long as you were lawfully on the property when the bite occurred.
What Are Some Possible Defenses to a Dog Bite Case in Bradenton?
While you may have the right to sue, always keep in mind that the other party, usually the dog owner, has an equal right to defend themselves against your claims. That said, some common defenses in these types of cases include:
- The plaintiff provoked the dog.
- The plaintiff was trespassing when they got bit by the dog.
- The plaintiff assumed the risk of being bitten, which is just the legalese way of saying that you were aware of the risk but ignored it.
Is There a Deadline for Filing a Dog Bite Claim in Florida?
Yes, Florida's deadline for filing a dog bite lawsuit is four years from the incident date. Failing to do so may result in losing your right to seek compensation.
Can I Still Sue for a Dog Bite if the Dog Owner Put Up a Sign Warning Others About the Dog?
Florida law provides an exception where the dog owner won't be liable if they posted a sign warning others about the dangerous dog on their property. However, this exception won't apply if the victim is under the age of six.
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Dog bite cases often involve a lot of technicalities you should not have to navigate without legal assistance. At Morgan and Morgan, you can count on our dog bite lawyers in Bradenton to fight for your right to compensation if you have a valid claim. All you need is a free case evaluation with a member of our legal team to determine if you have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party. Fill out this form to get started.