Even with years of training and a tame disposition, every family dog out there is still an animal at heart – you can’t just take the wolf right out of a canine, no matter how hard you try. For this reason, some dog bites can seemingly come at random, a perfectly normal mutt lashing out unexpectedly and causing someone a bite requiring stitches. Many states have adopted a “one bite rule” to account for the innate wildness in all dogs, which permits the dog and its owner some leniency in the law the first time it bites someone, assuming it had never shown obvious signs of aggression before.
Florida is not one of those states, however, and does not have a “one bite rule.” If you live in Florida State and a dog attacks and injures you, the owner can be held to strict liability statutes which means an owner can be held liable for a dog bite, even if they were not previously aware of the aggressive nature of the animal. Most importantly, Florida dog bite laws do not require the victim to prove their injuries were a result of an owner's negligence.
Why does this matter?
This means you can sue the dog owner for any damages caused directly by the dog’s attack, such as medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma – dog attack victims often report feelings of anxiety around any dog afterward.
Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Claims
According to Florida's injury statute of limitations laws, if you want to file an injury claim after a dog bite, you must do so within four years of the incident. If you miss this deadline, you will lose your right to compensation.
Protecting Citizens with Florida Dog Bite Laws
In addition to not having a “one bite” law, Florida State also uses “dangerous dog laws” to label canines that have posed a threat to people in the past. Dangerous dogs are typically impounded and put down if the injuries they cause are severe. If they are permitted to live, the owner must adhere to strict court orders that might state that the hound must be kept secured at all times on the property, no longer able to even be taken out for a walk. In your own dog bite case, it will be worth having your attorney check public records for you to see if the hound has been officially deemed dangerous in the past. If so, your chances of securing maximum compensation could be dramatically increased.
Have you been bitten by a dog in Florida? Allow Martin County Personal Injury Attorney Lauri J. Goldstein and her team of professional lawyers to take up your case and fight for your rights as an injured innocent. We can analyze your case from top to bottom to determine how the owner’s negligence was a factor in your injuries, as well as challenge any accusatory statements they might make, such as you were trespassing or hurting the dog at the time of the attack.
Call 866-675-4427 or contact us online today for more information.