Dog bites are a gruesome reality in today’s society. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of victims of serious dog attacks are children. For this reason, it’s imperative to teach your children important safety rules when approaching a strange dog.
Under Florida law, the owner of any dog that bites a person in a public place, or on a person lawfully in a private place, including the dog owner’s property, is automatically responsible for the injuries sustained by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the dog owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. However, the owner is not automatically liable, except to children under age 6, or unless the owner was negligent, if the owner displayed a sign easily readable including the words “Bad Dog” in a prominent place on his or her premises.
If a dog has attacked you or a loved one, our injury attorneys will work aggressively to see that you receive compensation for your injuries. After all, dog bites can result in damage that requires years of plastic surgeries and ongoing medical treatment. You deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as any loss of work. For a free consultation, please call (850) 444-HURT (4878). If you prefer, you may complete the requested information on our contact page, and a representative from our office will be in contact with you shortly.
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The video above provides safety tips for preventing dog bites. This information is courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association.