Who Is Liable for Dog Bite Incidents?
Nobody loves dogs more than the RTRLAW team! We’re a pet-friendly firm and love seeing and playing with our attorneys’ and staff members’ fur babies. To us, pets are family members.
However, sometimes animals, in particular, dogs, can turn vicious or attack a person without warning. Children are at the highest risk of being bitten by dogs (boys more than girls), and unrestrained dogs outside an owner’s property and off-leash account for one-third of all dog bites.
What to Do If Bitten by Another Person’s Dog
If another person’s aggressive or vicious dog bites you or your loved one, RTRLAW is there for you.
Dog bites can be quite painful and result in infections, serious injury or even death. If another person’s dog attacks you resulting in an injury, you have recourse to sue for compensation and damages.
Florida is a “strict liability” state for dog bite injuries. This means, if you are bitten or harmed by someone else’s dog in Florida, even if the owner had no prior knowledge or warning that the dog might bite, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner, as long as the case falls within the four-year statute of limitations, starting from the date of the injury.
The dog bite statute in Florida (Fla. Statutes section 767.04) says that a dog’s owner is liable for any injuries if the dog bites another person and that person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place (including the property of the owner of the dog).
The dog owner “is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.”
The statute only covers dog bites. However, if a person is injured by a dog in another way (e.g., a big dog jumps on you and knocks you down at a park), you may be able to sue the owner for negligence and failing to use reasonable care in controlling the dog that resulted in an injury.
RTRLAW Stands Ready to Assist You
RTRLAW serves clients who are injured by dogs and other people’s pets. At RTRLAW, our attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients who were harmed due to the negligence of others.
These recoveries helped provide compensation to our clients for medical bills and lost wages, as well as non-economic damages, such as a reduced quality of life.
If you or a loved one were injured or attacked by a person’s dog or pet, you can meet with an RTRLAW attorney to discuss your case at one of our convenient office locations in Florida:
Or we can come to you – at your home, place of business or even at the hospital. We’re there for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
RTRLAW doesn’t get paid unless and until we win your case, and we fight hard to win.