When it comes animal-related injuries, it might seem difficult to know where to start, or who is liable for such damage. In the case of dangerous pets, different states have clear-cut rules in defining how to address this issue. If you’ve been victim of a dog bite, speak to a Hollywood dog bite lawyer. Florida possesses its own statutes and laws that indicate what constitutes as a dangerous dog and who is liable in these situations.
Under Florida’s Dangerous Dog Statute, an aggressive dog is characterized by:
Florida does not consider a dog dangerous in the following scenarios:
A dog’s owner has a responsibility to address the dangerous nature of their dog. In Florida, this comes with taking extra precautions in keeping the public safe:
Dangerous dog owners are responsible for the actions of their animal while in public places and while legally in the presence of other individuals on their premises. The owner is liable for all damages caused by their dog, even if they weren’t aware their dog is dangerous.
The only circumstance in which the owner would not be completely liable is if the victim’s negligence caused the incident. Florida practices comparative negligence, which assigns each party a percentage of fault depending on the details of the incident. This includes ignoring dangerous dog signs and warnings posted on the premises (unless the victim is under six-years-old).
Violating any rules dictated under Florida’s Dangerous Dog Statute results in penalty.
If a dangerous dog attacks and injures you without any sort of provocation, you can sue the dog’s owner. When filing a lawsuit, you can sue for the following damages:
Damages caused by dog attacks can be debilitating and emotionally scarring. If you have suffered injury from a dangerous dog, you can seek compensation for the damages it caused.
Have a legal question? Would you like to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney? You can get in touch with us via the form on the right, by call or text (FL: 954-860-8434; GA: 404-287-2856), or on our social media profiles below.
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