Dogs have evolved to being more than just a pet or best friend. They are now considered to be a family member by many dog owners in Florida and elsewhere. As such, dog owners would do anything to ensure that their dog is well cared for and safe from harm. Unfortunately, some dog owners do not take on the full responsibilities when it comes to caring for their dog while also protecting other people and pets from injury.
Dog bite liability
In the state of Florida, dog bites are treated seriously. Florida is a strict liability state, which means that a dog owner will be held liable for any bite caused by their dog. Even if the dog does not have a history of biting or has shown dangerous propensities, this does not exclude liability. Unless a dog owner can prove that the presumed victim provoked or harmed, leading to the bite, a dog owner will be held liable for a dog bite.
Filing a legal action
Because negligence or recklessness does not need to be proven, this does not mean a dog owner will always automatically be deemed accountable. Thus, the attorneys at Darla K. Snead, P.L. Attorney at law, take the time to fully understand the circumstances surrounding the dog bite.
When filing a personal injury action for a dog bite, various type of compensation could be sought. Medical expenses, future medical bills, lost wages and other related damages could be recovered. Based on the severity of the bite, damages suffered and the circumstances surrounding the bite, a victim could seek various types of compensation. As such, it is important to fully explore your legal rights and options.
A dog bite is a tragic event. Even if the physical injuries are not severe, the attack could have a lasting mental and emotional impact. Our law firm understands the extent of damages caused by a dog make, which is why we take the time to ensure dog bite victims are aware of their rights and options when it comes to holding a dog owner liable for the losses suffered.