If you or a loved one has ever been bitten by a dog, you need a professional experienced legal team to guide you through the process. Call us anytime, day or night. We are always here for you.
Things you should know:
- The statute of limitations requires an injured person to file their suit within 4 years of a dog bite
- The statute claims a dog owner is liable for injuries if the dog bites another person and, the person is in a public place or lawfully in a private place
- In Florida, a dog owner may be held liable if his or her dog bites someone, even if the owner had no prior knowledge or warning that the dog might bite
- The injured person does not have to prove a lack of reasonable care caused the bite
Difference between Florida and Georgia Law:
- Florida has strict liability laws regarding dog bites, however, those laws apply only to the owner of the dog
- Georgia law effectively gives dog owners “one free bite” if the owner did not know the dog posed a danger to others
Is Florida a “one-bite” state?
Does homeowner’s insurance typically cover dog bites?
Yes, typically a homeowner’s insurance policy covers most dog bite injuries.
Can posting a sign saying, “Beware of Dog,” remove liability from a homeowner when their dog bites someone?
Sure, having a sign can help some, but it may not fully protect you if a dog bite occurred. Responsibility will be determined after an investigation.
What information will my dog bite attorney need to prove my case?
- The identity of the dog owner.
- The Specific dog that bit.
- That the victim was lawfully in a public or private place, which is also the property of the owner of the dog.
- If the bite actually caused your injury and suffering.
- If it has been recorded that the dog has bitten before.
What kinds of damages can I claim if I have been bitten?
- All medical treatment associated with the bite, such as ambulance, emergency room, first aid, prescriptions, etc.
- Future medical treatment for possible scaring.
- Counseling for emotional trauma caused by a vicious dog attack.
- Loss of wages due to the injuries.
- Items damaged in the attack, such as broken cell phones, ripped clothing, broken glasses, etc.
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