A Dog Bite Attorney Can Hold Negligent Owners Accountable
Dog bites are often a traumatic event for the victim, with mental and physical injuries ranging from minor to severe. A dog bite attorney at Moody Law serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City, can help hold the owner responsible for his or her dog's aggressive behavior. Laws regarding dog bites vary from state to state, so it is critical to work with a team of attorneys who understand Florida law. The attorneys at Moody Law have a thorough knowledge and understanding of these laws and will work to secure the compensation you deserve. If you or your child was bitten by a dog, contact our law office today to learn how we can help.
Florida Dog Bite Laws
The laws regarding dog bites vary from state to state. Some states have a “one bite” rule, while others, like Florida, have strict liability laws. This means that the dog owner is liable for the dog’s actions and the victim can recover damages for his or her injuries. In Florida, it does not matter whether the dog has previously shown signs of aggression or not.
However, there is an exception to this law when children at least six years old are involved. This exception is known as comparative negligence. The owner is not liable for injuries if the dog bite happens on the owner’s property where “Beware of Dog” signs have been prominently posted and the child provoked the dog. Florida has determined that children under the age of six are incapable of committing such negligence.
Consequences of Dog Bites
While some dog bites are so minor that they do not even break the skin of the victim, others are so severe that the victim suffers extensive damage to the muscles, tendons, or bones. These severe injuries can result in extensive scarring and disfigurement.
Some states have a “one bite” rule, while others, like Florida, have strict liability laws. This means that the dog owner is liable for the dog’s actions and the victim can recover damages for his or her injuries.
Some victims require multiple surgeries and extended medical care such as rehabilitation, all of which result in costly medical bills. Additionally, severe personal injuries can prevent the victim from returning to work (or school) for an extended period of time. Finally, the victim may suffer a great deal of mental anguish as dog bites can be a generally traumatic experience.
Why a Dog Bite Attorney is Necessary
Although the laws in the state of Florida may seem clear, dog bite cases can quickly become complicated. You will need an attorney on your side to fight for your rights. Our team will thoroughly investigate the attack and gather evidence to prove the liability of a negligent dog owner. With our attorneys on your side, we can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, physical and mental pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you or your child were bitten by a dog, call our office at (863) 733-9090 or contact us online today to speak with one of our attorneys. We have represented many clients and can help you navigate the complex process of receiving compensation for your injuries.