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.
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.
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.
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 & Funt, P.A. Our firm can help you build an effective claim to seek compensation after your traumatic injury.
With more than two centuries of combined legal experience on our side, we have what it takes to fight for the compensation you deserve. Our team has secured more than $500 million in damages for past clients while maintaining a high level of client satisfaction. We're available 24/7 to take your call, so do not hesitate to get started with your case!
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