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, Greene & Feiner, 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.
A personal injury can occur in a variety of ways, but almost all have the same results in common. Suddenly, your life is disrupted and possibly jeopardized physically, emotionally, and financially by an accident or incident which could have been prevented.