According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are approximately 4.7 million dog bites in the U.S. each year. Of that, nearly 800,000 dog attack victims require medical treatment, over 300,000 dog bite injuries are severe enough to warrant an emergency room visit with an average of 30 attacks resulting in death.
Because of their low proximity to the ground, children 4 years old and younger are more prone to life threatening injuries from a dog bite. Dog bites for this age group occur to the head or neck region nearly 65% of the time, while older age groups experience injuries to arms, hands, legs or feet 70% of the time.
We believe that the costs associated with hiring a lawyer shouldn’t prevent any dog bite victim from obtaining sound legal counsel. Because of this, our law firm handles all dog bite injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no out of pocket expenses and you only owe attorney’s fees if we settle your claim or win a favorable verdict in court.
Under Florida law, all dog owners have a legal duty to control their animals. Further, if a victim is bitten by a dog while in a public setting or while lawfully on private property, the dog’s owner can be held liable for the damages.
Florida is a comparative negligence state. That means that each party involved in a dog bite claim is responsible for their portion of fault for the injuries sustained. For instance, if the victim was provoking the dog, prior to the attack, a court may place additional blame on the victim, reducing the dog owner’s liability.
Additionally, if the dog is known to be aggressive and the owner has placed prominent warning signs, the owner’s liability may be reduced if the attack happened on their property. If the victim was under the age of 6 years old, unable to read or understand the warning signs, the owner’s liability may be greater.
Under most circumstances, a dog bite will fall under a premises liability claim against a homeowner or their homeowner’s insurance policy. In certain cases, there may be other compensation available.
Some employees, such as delivery drivers and mail carriers are required to enter private property while performing their normal duties. If the employee is attacked by a dog, while lawfully on private property and performing their job duties, they may have two legal claims. A third-party claim against the owner of the dog and a worker’s compensation claim for being injured while performing their job duties.
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