Miami Dog Bite Attack Attorney
Dogs are man’s best friend, and provide a source of comfort and companionship for many years. Unfortunately, not every dog is particularly friendly, and many dog owners refuse to accept this fact, often leaving dangerous dogs loose despite warnings to the contrary. Children are sadly the main population of victims of dog bite attacks, and their injuries can be permanent. The impact of a dog bite attack on a young child could lead to extensive surgeries and ongoing psychological treatment. If you or a loved one have been injured by a dog bite attack, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Florida Dog Bite Laws
Florida, like many other states, charges a dog owner with liability after a dog bite occurs, regardless of whether the dog owner had reason to believe the dog would act in this manner. The only instance in which the dog owner will not be liable for the resulting injuries is when the owner has a sign prominently displayed outside the house which states “Bad Dog.” The failure of a visitor or trespasser to heed this warning could result in a dangerous situation for the victim of a dog bite attack. However, the dog owner will not be liable for the resulting damages since the dog owner appropriately warned the victim of the dangerous dog tendencies.
Florida Personal Injury Claims
Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that a victim’s total recovery will be reduced by the percentage which the victim is found to be at fault. In the case of a dog bite injury, the victim’s damages will be reduced if it is found that the victim was the proximate cause of the dog bite. A trespasser who ignores the signs in a dog owner’s yard could be unable to pursue a claim for damages. However, the parents of a child under the age of 6 who is attracted to the yard through a so-called “attractive nuisance” and instead encounters a dangerous dog despite warning signs, could be entitled to bring a claim for damages. Property owners should be able to predict whether a child would be attracted to their property, and prevent a dog bite attack from occurring.
A dog bite attack victim is entitled to bring a claim for damages to cover the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
The impact of a dog bite attack could stretch far into the future and could impact not only the physical aspect of the victim, but the ongoing psychological torment elating to dogs. Children are at an impressionable age, and a dog bite attack at so young an age could lead to years of emotional trauma each time the child sees a dog. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to better assist you in determining the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive as a result of your injuries.
Lipcon & Lipcon | Miami, Florida Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one were the victims of a dog bite attack, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Lipcon & Lipcon. Dog bite attacks can be difficult personal injury claims to bring against a dog owner, especially since so many of us sympathize with a dog owner. However, a dangerous dog should not be allowed to roam free without restraint. The resulting damage and scars to you or your family are often a permanent reminder of the dog bite attack, and could cause years of suffering. Contact our Miami office today for your initial free consultation.