Often, when people have been bitten by dogs, they don’t realize that they may have a case to take to a personal injury lawyer. Dog bites can be devastating and cause serious damage. If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the owner and their homeowner’s insurance policy. In Florida, dog owners are strictly liable if their dog attacks another person. The law states: “The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.” Strict liability means the owner is deemed liable and you don’t have to prove negligence or the dog’s violent history. If you own the dog and it bites someone – you are liable in Florida and in many other U.S. states.
Personal injury exceptions
Furthermore, if the victim contributed at all to the dog bite then his or her monetary damages will be reduced by that amount. The exception to an owner’s strict liability for the dog bite is when the dog bite occurs on private property and the owner posts a sign which includes the words, “Bad Dog.” That way everyone is on notice and should stay clear of any possible dog with a violent propensity.
Dog bite injury statistics
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.5 million dog bites are reported in United States each year and children are the typical victims of dog bites. Statistics also show that approximately 20-30 people a year are killed by dogs in the U.S.
Dog bites may require costly medical treatment and victims often suffer permanent scars and disfigurement. If you’ve suffered a dog bite, be sure to seek medical attention immediately to avoid infection. Afterwards, CONTACT ERIC MAUSNER, P.A. so we can evaluate your case and seek compensation on your behalf. Our consultations are free – 305-800-TORT (8678).
ERIC MAUSNER LAW, P.A. can help you if you’ve suffered a personal injury. Call our personal injury lawyers today – 305-800-TORT (8678). Our consultations are free.