What a Dog Bite Attorney Can Do for You?
Dogs are man’s best friend, but sometimes a dog can bite someone without warning. Children are especially at risk for being bitten by dogs and many times, a dog bite results in serious personal injury. The dog may have an aggressive disposition, be improperly trained, irritated, or even just playing around. You never know when a dog may bite.
A dog bite can have serious long-term effects. People who have been bitten by dogs are often left with scars on their face and body, as well as emotional and psychological scars. Some of the most frequent dog bite-related injuries include cuts, lacerations, punctures, broken bones, and crushed eye sockets. These injuries can lead to permanent disfigurement and pain.
If you have been injured due to a dog bite or the bite of another domesticated animal, you should contact our experienced dog bite attorneys.
The Florida Statutes regarding dog bites reads as follows:
767.04 Dog owner’s liability for damages to persons bitten.—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. However, any negligence on the part of the person bitten that is a proximate cause of the biting incident reduces the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident. A person is lawfully upon private property of such owner within the meaning of this act when the person is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when the person is on such property upon invitation, expressed or implied, of the owner. However, the owner is not liable, except as to a person under the age of 6, or unless the damages are proximately caused by a negligent act or omission of the owner, if at the time of any such injury the owner had displayed in a prominent place on his or her premises a sign easily readable including the words “Bad Dog.” The remedy provided by this section is in addition to and cumulative with any other remedy provided by statute or common law.
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