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Animal attacks among the most frightening experiences that an individual can face, resulting in physical and emotional scarring. Though anyone could suffer from a violent animal attack, most dog bite victims are children. If you or your child has been harmed by a negligent dog owner's pet, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injury.
Our Miami premises liability attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the maximum compensation that our clients deserve after an incident of this magnitude. In many circumstances, these cases require a close investigation to determine liability. We are capable of handling your case from its inception through a verdict, and are ready to discuss your situation in a free consultation.
Overview of Dog Bite Laws in Florida
Per Florida Code § 767.04, a dog owner will be held liable for the damages caused by their pet if it attacks another person while they are on public property, or lawfully on private property – including that of the dog owner. Unlike other states where a victim must show that a dog owner knew, or should have known, about their dog's violent tendencies, Florida only requires a victim to show that they have suffered injury as a result of being attacked by another person's dog.
State one bite laws generally allow victims to seek damages to cover the cost of their personal injury. While this rule generally holds fast, there are a few exceptions. A dog owner's liability will generally be reduced if the victim's own negligence contributed to the attack.
Cases where a victim will share liability for a bite wound:
- Provoking an attack: If a person provokes a dog to attack them, the owner's liability will be reduced by the victim's percentage of fault.
- Ignoring warning signs: Similarly, a dog owner will be released from liability – unless the victim is under the age of six – if they display a prominent warning sign on their property that includes the words "bad dog."
What the Florida Dog Bite Law Says About "Dangerous Dogs"
For the majority of dog bite cases, state law follows the theory of strict liability. This means that an owner can be held accountable for their dog's actions without proof of intention or fault. In other words, there is no need for the plaintiff to prove that the damages were caused by the defendant's negligence. Furthermore, "dangerous dogs" must be treated with special caution.
Under state law, the owner of a "dangerous dog" must:
- Register their dog as dangerous with the authorities
- Keep their pet in a secure area with warning signs at all entrances
- Restrain it with a muzzle and a harness or leash when removed from this area
If you are interested in seeking compensation from a negligent dog owner, you should not hesitate to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer from Stabinski Law. Our firm can help you build an effective claim to seek compensation after your traumatic injury.
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