If you have suffered a dog bite injury, you are not alone; according to the Center for Disease Control, man and woman’s best friend bites more than 4.7 million people a year. A dog bite can cause personal injury ranging from lacerations to deformity and, in the most tragic cases, wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, you may be entitled to damages for your injuries. The dog bite accident attorney at Shmucher Law, PL can assist you in recovering monetarily for your injuries and damages. If you would like to schedule a consultation in our Miami office please contact us.
Florida Law On Dog Bites and Accidents
In Florida, an owner is strictly liable for all injuries or property damages caused by his or her dog (Fl. Stat. 761.01-767.07). It does not matter if the dog was on or off a leash. The pet owner does have a limited number of defenses regarding the accident or incident including:
The only defenses available to the dog owner are those enumerated within the statue:
- Predominately posting a warning sign on the property, which includes the words “Bad Dog.”
- The Plaintiff’s comparative fault including aggravating or teasing the dog.
- Trespassing by the Plaintiff.
Remember the Florida statute applies to more than just dog bites on people, it can also apply to dogs attacking another dog, or even if you were knocked down by a dog causing injuries to yourself.
Compensation for Dog Bites or Attacks
The majority of people who are injured in a dog bite attack or incident are children and they tend to suffer serious injuries to their head, face and upper body. Shmucher Law, PL will pursue any type of injuries or damages caused to the injured including but not limited to:
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Bite wounds
- Reconstructive or plastic surgery
- Nerve Damage
- Physical trauma
If you or someone you know was injured in a dog bite accident or attack please call our office at 305.741.5553 or 954.309.5559 to schedule a free consultation and remember we don’t charge you any fees or costs unless we win or resolve your case.