There are numerous animals capable of injuring people, however, the most common type of animal attacks are those involving dogs. While certain breeds of dogs tend to exhibit more aggressive behaviors, any dog is capable of biting. Depending on the area where the attack occurs, there are various state and local rules that may apply to help compensate victims of animal attacks.
Friedland & Associates aggressively represents victims of dog attacks to ensure they are compensated for their loss. Victims of dog bites may be entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost time from work, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, scarring/disfigurement and loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life. Contact our dog bite & animal attack lawyers for more information.
The following are some commonly asked questions regarding dog bites.
Do I still have a claim if this was the first time the dog bite anyone?
Even if the dog had never bit anyone before, you may still have a claim. If a dog owner violated a Florida Statute, county law, or city ordinance, the dog owner may be found liable for the victim=s injuries.
Who pays the Victim of a Dog Bite?
In Florida, a victim of a dog bite can often be compensated through the dog owner=s homeowners or renters insurance. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the attack, there may be other sources of coverage.
Do I have a claim against my landlord if I was bit by a dog owned by a renter?
Under Florida law, a landlord has a duty to protect its tenants in connection with a vicious dog of which the landlord has knowledge. A landlord maybe liable for a tenant’s dog if the landlord knew the dog was vicious and had sufficient control of premises to protect the injured victim.
In addition, if there is a lease agreement that prohibits certain breeds of dogs, the landlord can be held liable for failing to enforce those rules.
What happens when the victim of the dog bite is a child?
When a child is bitten by a dog, there are several issues that tend to arise. For children under the age of six, Florida law has a presumption that the child is incapable of committing any negligence. For children who are over the age of six, the jury must decide whether the child was capable of appreciating and avoiding the danger of the dog. If so, the child can be regarded as comparatively negligent.
Regardless of the age of the child, however, there may still be a claim. To find out whether you have a case, call Friedland & Associates for a FREE CONSULTATION at 954-280-2842. Regardless of where you live, WE COME TO YOU. We will be happy to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have, free of charge.