Dog bites typically fall under the broad umbrella of premises liability cases.
The law varies from state to state. Suffering a personal injury due to a dog bite can be complicated. In Florida, the reason that the dog bites does not matter. Even if the owner was not aware of the dog’s vicious propensities, the owner is at fault. This notion is called “strict liability.” Basically, the owner of the dog is at fault for the dog bite no matter what the circumstances. According to the strict liability law, whether a dog bites because it feels threatened or because it was improperly restrained, it is the responsibility of the pet owner.
Some dog bites are minor, but others can leave the victim with thousands of dollars in hospital bills due to stitches and doctor visits. The bite/attack can even cause a significant amount of emotional trauma that most people do not expect. Dogs can be very powerful, especially depending on the size and breed. Unfortunately, statistics show that children under the age of ten are the most at-risk to dog bites because of their curious and playful behavior. The law also protects the destruction of private property due to dog bites or dog attacks.
At Porcaro Law, we are familiar with the complicated Florida laws that determine your rights. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. It can be stressful to experience a dog attack. Furthermore, you may be reluctant to sue if the dog owner is a friend or neighbor. Often times, insurance coverage must be evaluated to assess the amount of money damages available. No matter the situation, having a dedicated lawyer on your side will simplify the situation.
If you’ve suffered a dog bite or dog attack injury, Porcaro Law will handle all of the details for you. We will answer all of your questions regarding your legal concerns and form a legal plan of action based on what is in the best interest of all parties involved.