Florida Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Dog bites can cause serious injuries. And there may be lingering physical and emotional impacts. If you have been a victim of an animal attack, you may be due compensation for medical bills and other losses. If you have been hurt by a dog or other animal, the time to consult with a Florida dog bite lawyer is right away.
How Serious Are Dog Bites?
While the dog going after the mail carrier is an age-old joke, animal bites are no laughing matter. Sharp canine teeth can tear through skin, muscle, and other tissues—even through clothing. These wounds can get infected. In some cases, there may even be a threat of rabies. And a dog attack can be emotionally traumatic as well.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may lose time from work and you may need to hire help for day-to-day activities you are unable to perform. A Florida animal attacks attorney can help you recover costs for your losses from the dog’s owner.
How Does Florida Law Protect Dog Bite Victims?
Florida's dog bite laws are strict liability. This means that a dog's owner is responsible for any injuries the dog causes another person even if the dog has no history of biting or other harmful behavior. The owner is liable even if the dog bites someone on the owner’s property. There are a few caveats, however. The owner may not be liable if:
- The victim provoked the dog.
- The victim was trespassing on the owner’s property.
- The owner had a sign reading “bad dog” displayed prominently on the premises, and the victim was age 6 or older.
Locate a Local Florida Animal Bites Lawyer
Not all animal encounters are friendly. If you are one of the millions of people bitten each year by dogs or other animals, talk with a lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Think you might have a case on your hands? Call now to speak with a Florida dog bites attorney at 877-913-7222.