September 24, 2013

Dog Bites In Florida & The Law

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By Florida law, whether a dog bites because it felt threatened or simply because it was not restrained, it is the responsibility of the owner if it attacks someone.

Have you been victim of a dog bite in Florida?

Have you had the unfortunate experience of getting bitten by a dog in the state of Florida? If so, you probably realize that it happens more than most people think. There are plenty of dogs in Florida that are aggressive or have negligent owners, and oftentimes that results in a dog bite. What you need to know is that you have the ability to hold dog owners liable if you have been bitten by a dog. It’s important to know the law so that you know if you have a case. In many cases, you won’t have to pay for your medical bills or other expenses related to your bite. Here is the Florida law in reference to dog bites:

The Florida Dog Bite Law

The Florida Dog Bite Law says the following:

·A dog owner can be held liable if their dog bites someone in a public area or who is legally on their property

·Strict Liability means that dog owners can be held liable for a bite regardless of fault or intent

·If a dog is declared “dangerous”, it has to be registered with the state and kept inside a sheltered area with “danger” signs at all places of entry. The dog must have a muzzle if taken to a public place

·If a “dangerous dog” bites someone, the owner may be liable for criminal charges

What can you do if you’ve been bitten?

If you’ve been bitten, you have the ability to legally hold the dog owner liable. Typically, owners are sued under negligence or negligence per se statues, which say that the dog owner didn’t do enough to reasonably keep the dog from injuring a person. If the injury received from the dog was intentional on the part of the owner, a claim can be made under intentional tort, which means that a dog owner intended for the dog to hurt someone. No matter what your situation, if you’ve been bitter by a dog, don’t suffer alone. Contact an attorney immediately to get advice on how you can get legally compensated for your injuries and medical bills.

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