Tallahassee Dog Bite Attorney
Dogs are often known for their loyal and generally relaxed nature. These common characteristics are what make dogs one of the most popular domestic pets in the country. However, most dog owners will admit that sometimes their beloved pets do pose risks to the people around them. Dogs are animals after all, and their instincts can lead to biting and other unfortunate behavior. Dog bites pose major health risks, and should always be treated seriously. In Florida, bite victims may be able to seek compensation for their injuries from the dog owner. If you were injured by a dog bite, read the information below to learn about your legal options and contact our Tallahassee dog bite attorney right away.
Dog Bite Statistics
Recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) shows that over 36 percent of American households include a dog. In fact, there are over 70 million dogs around the country, including both domestic and feral dogs. With that many dogs in cities, towns, and neighborhoods, there is a significant risk that someone in your area will be bitten at some point. Clearly, most dogs never bite anyone. However, dog bites can lead to serious, sometimes, fatal injuries. The AVMA also reports that approximately 4.5 million Americans suffer from dog bites every year. Tragically, 31 deaths were linked to dog bites in 2013 alone.
Dog Owner Liability
Florida law allows bite victims to seek compensation from owners if the bite occurred on public property or while the victim was lawfully on the owner’s property. This law handles dog bites under a “strict liability” standard, which means that an owner does not necessarily have to be negligent to be held liable. In other words, whether or not the owner was negligent does not make or break the victim’s case. Specifically in dog bites cases, victims do not have to prove that the owner knew the dog had vicious tendencies.
There are certain exceptions to these liability rules. For example, if the bite victim was illegally on the dog owner’s property, the owner will likely not be liable for the victim’s injuries. Additionally, Florida law weighs any personal injury victim’s responsibility for their damages against the opposing party’s responsibility. This is called “comparative negligence.” In dog bite cases, the victim’s behavior can factor into the liability, and ultimately, how much compensation the owner has to pay. If the bite victim knowingly provoked the dog to attack, or willfully ignored written warnings about a “dangerous dog,” he or she may be found responsible for their own damages. Contact our Tallahassee dog bite attorneys for more information.
Tallahassee Dog Bite & Animal Attack Attorneys
Were you recently injured by a dog bite? Did your injuries cause you to incur medical or other expenses? If so, contact our Tallahassee dog bite attorneys at Zelman Law. Our Tallahassee dog bite attorneys have experience helping dog bite victims pursue compensation from the pet owner. We will take the time to thoroughly examine the specific circumstances in your case, and offer you honest, tailored legal advice. We have fought for victim compensations for clients throughout Florida, and can help you, too. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.