Florida Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog bites are a common type of domestic animal attack, but any attack caused by a vicious animal can be devastating and cause significant physical and emotional harm as well as financial losses. If you or someone you love has been attacked by an animal, you may benefit by discussing your legal options with an attorney who understands Florida’s dog bite laws.
Understanding the Florida Law for Cases of Injury from Dog Bites
When a person owns an animal, whether that animal is a dog or an exotic pet, the owner is responsible for any harm that the animal causes. Florida is strict in terms of owner responsibility, and is considered a “strict liability” state, as opposed to a state with a “one-bite” rule.
This means that dog owners can be held liable for a dog’s bite — even if the dog had never bitten before and the owners had no reason to know that the dog would bite.
Because of dog bite laws, obtaining compensation for your injuries in an animal attack case involving a dog bite can be done either under Florida’s statute or under traditional negligence rules.
Personal Injury Damages for Animal Attacks
Dog bites and other animal attacks can cause significant injuries, including disfigurement, infection, lacerations and broken bones, among other damages. When you suffer any type of injuries arising from an animal attack, you may be entitled to recover compensation for:
the cost of all medical treatment you will need, including any care that may be required after your claim is settled, such as cosmetic surgery;
any lost income/work you missed because of the bite;
future lost income that will occur if your earning capacity is reduced; and
damages for pain and suffering and mental distress, especially in the event that you suffered permanent harm or disfigurement as a result of the animal attack.
The amount of these damages will be determined based on the severity of your injuries, but you must prove your damages in order to recover the maximum amount of compensation. When the attack leads to death, wrongful death damages may also be sought by surviving relatives of the victim.
Getting Help from an Injury Attorney
Wolf & Pravato can assist you in determining what damages the Florida dog bite law entitles you. Our injury attorneys serve all South Florida residents including those in the West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and Fort Lauderdale areas.
Our team will aim to help you to either settle the case outside of court, most often with the owner’s homeowner’s insurance company, or to take the claim to court in an effort to prove liability and damages.
To learn more about how we can help you with your animal attack or dog bite claim, contact the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today to schedule a free consultation 1-954-633-8270.