Dog Bites & Animal Attacks in Florida
Victims of dog attacks can be subject to serious injuries which involve nerve damage, disfigurement, permanent scarring, severe infection and more. They may require extensive medical treatment and ongoing care, including painful and lengthy rehabilitation programs. The extreme costs involved, as well as the pain and suffering and effects on a victim's life, deserve the maximum possible compensation.
Fortunately, Florida law offers a fair level of protection for victims of dog attacks. It states that "the owner of a dog is liable for damages inflicted by his or her dog that bites a person who is either in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner's property." Strict liability exists, whether or not the dog has ever been vicious before or the owner had reason to believe it would behave viciously. Any negligence on the part of the victim that is a related cause of the biting incident will reduce the liability of the owner of the dog by a certain percentage.
Vicious Dog Attacks and Injury Claims in Tampa
According to the law in Florida, specifically FL Statute §767.04, the owner of the dog will not be liable, except when the victim is under six years old, if the owner had displayed in a prominent place a sign that is easily readable including the words "Bad Dog." Whatever the situation may be, it is vital that action be taken as soon as possible so that witnesses may be interviewed and evidence may be collected to support your claim. If you child has been attacked by a dog, it may be possible to obtain compensation on their behalf. In addition to compensation for medical treatments, some compensation may be placed in an account to be accessed once he or she is 18. For this reason, you should not hesitate to speak with a Tampa personal injury attorney at our firm if you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite injury.