Florida has strict regulations governing dog bites, and if you or a loved one has been injured, it is important to hire an attorney who is well-versed in these laws. At Morgan & Morgan, the attorneys in our Sarasota office have years of experience negotiating and litigating dog bite claims, successfully recovering compensation against negligent dog owners.
We understand how to deal with any intricacies of the Florida dog bite law that may limit our clients’ chances of recovery so that they obtain the compensation needed to cover medical bills, lost wages and other losses. This provides us with a distinct advantage over other personal injury law firms that are not familiar with dog bite cases.
Have you been injured by a dog bite? If so, the dog bite attorneys in our Sarasota office may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses. To learn more, please complete our case review form today and your claim will be evaluated, at no cost to you.
Why Should I Hire a Sarasota Dog Bite Attorney?
In Florida, the claims process for recovering compensation for damages inflicted by a dog bite is generally straightforward; however, depending on the details of your claim, certain complications may arise. It is important that you hire a Sarasota dog bite attorney with experience successfully navigating these types of cases. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling dog bite cases and, in handling your claim, will 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 owner’s compliance with the law.
Your attorney’s investigation can help to reduce the impact of any allegations suggesting you were partly at fault for the bite and resulting injury. The attorneys in our Sarasota office are proficient and thorough investigators and have a history of building successful claims on behalf of their clients.
Liability is not strictly limited to the dog’s owner. If a landlord has knowledge that a tenant has a dog on the premises, they may also be liable for the dog’s actions. If they are aware of a dangerous dog on the premises, they owe other tenants a duty of care to protect them from harm.
Florida’s dog bite law says that dog owners are liable whenever their dog attacks a person on public property, though that liability may be reduced if careless conduct on the victim’s behalf contributed to the attack. This means liability is undertaken merely by choosing to own a dog. The same usually remains true when the attack is on private property, as long as the victim is lawfully present. This means people who are invited to the property, but also postal workers, police officers, and other government agents. Prominently posted warning signs can reduce liability, but this isn’t a surefire method of protection.
What Can I Recover After a Dog Bite Attack?
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you may be entitled 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 our Sarasota dog bite attorneys may be able to help, please complete our free case review form today.