Dog owners in the state of Florida have a responsibility to ensure that their pets do not harm any person under Florida Statute § 767.04. Understanding the laws surrounding dog bite injuries can help you determine if you have the right to receive compensation for the injuries you sustained after a dog bite.
You Must Prove the Following to File a Lawsuit for a Dog Bite Injury
The state of Florida allows victims of dog bites to pursue compensation for their injuries under specific statutes. We may be able to file a claim against the owner of a dog if the following conditions occur:
- The dog bites another person; and
- The victim was either in a public location or lawfully in a private location; and
- The victim did not provoke the dog in any way before the bite occurred.
A Florida dog bite attorney can study the facts of your case to determine if you are eligible to pursue damages.
You Do Not Need to Prove Negligence in Dog Bite
If you established the three tenets in the section above, you could have a valid case. You do not need to prove that the dog’s owner behaved negligently or allowed their dog to injure you, in most cases.
However, if the owner displayed a “Bad Dog” sign, you must establish that some negligent act caused your injury. Examples include:
- Leaving a gate open.
- Letting the dog walk around without a leash.
How to Protect Yourself Physically and Financially After a Dog Bite
Dog bites can be life-threatening and can cost thousands of dollars in medical bills, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. If you were bitten by a dog and were injured, follow these steps in order to establish a strong case and pursue compensation for your injuries.
- Make sure to obtain the contact information of the dog owner and of any witnesses that may have seen the dog bite or attack. Obtain the dog owner’s name, address, and telephone number, as well as their driver’s license and plate number. Any information to find the dog owner in the future may prove helpful.
- If you did not call 911 at the scene of the attack, seek medical attention as soon as possible for your own health and safety and to establish that you were, in fact, injured severely by a dog bite.
- Continue to monitor the wound and follow your doctor’s recommendations.
- Discuss your case with a Florida dog bite lawyer.
Following these recommendations does not guarantee the award of compensation, but they may help when building your case. We encourage you to contact a dog bite attorney to help you build your case to pursue damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Florida Dog Bite Lawyer Today
If you were injured due to a dog bite, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. Filing a lawsuit can be legally complex and challenging, and there are certain documents you must provide and deadlines you must meet.
Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato at (954) 633-8270. We can help you evaluate your case and determine your next steps. Do not wait to reach out to us, as you may have a limited time to pursue legal action under the statute of limitations mandated by Florida Statute § 95.11.