The Florida Department of Health reports that more than 600 people in the state seek hospital care annually because of dog attacks. An average of two of these people go on to die from the injuries they suffer as a result of such attacks. These statistics show how severe dog attack injuries can be. They can be especially dangerous in the cases of young children, whom the Health Department states are at the greatest risk for dog bites. Fortunately for many of these people, Florida state laws protect them, allowing them to seek and obtain compensation for their damages. Those laws, however, can be difficult to understand because of their language, how they may interrelate, and how they may pertain to any individual situation. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our Miami dog bite lawyers are totally conversant with these laws. We can explain them to you, review your dog bite incident, and give you the legal guidance needed to help you fully protect your rights.
Under Florida law, dog owners are subject to liability for “any damage done by their dogs to persons, domestic animals, or livestock.” Another section of law states that when a dog bites someone who is in a public place or who is lawfully on private property, such as the dog owner’s property, the dog owner remains liable for damages “regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.” This law is only mitigated by any negligence on the part of the victim that may have caused the attack. In that case, any compensation owed the victim will be reduced by the percentage of his or her negligence in the incident. Further law states that dog owners are not liable for dog bites to adults that occur on their property when they have prominently displayed a “bad dog” sign.
As you can see, these laws are complicated and may seem contradictory. That is why it’s important to bring your dog bite case to a knowledgeable Miami dog bite attorney at the firm.
In most dog bite cases, compensation for your injuries and losses will be obtained through an insurance claim. To increase your chances for winning your claim, it is critical to take certain steps, such as photographing your injuries and the location where the attack occurred. Our firm can advise you on what needs to be done, which is why the sooner you call us, the better. We can help you execute these important actions and follow through with focused legal steps directed against the dog owner’s insurance carrier. We’ve been helping dog bite victims since 1997. Our years of experience and our focused team of professionals mean that we have the knowhow, the resolve, and the resources to help you obtain a fair settlement.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack in the Miami area, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is standing by to help. You can tell us what happened so we can evaluate your case and assist you in getting the money you truly deserve. Don’t talk to an insurance representative before you talk to us. We can make a difference in your compensation amount. Contact a Miami dog bite lawyer today.