Dog Bites

Injuries from a dog bite can be serious, even life-threatening in some cases. Puncture wounds, lacerations, and even broken bones are all possible consequences of being attacked by someone’s dog.

These attacks can also pass serious diseases to the victim, like bacterial infections or even rabies. If you’ve suffered a dog bite, the first thing you should do is get medical attention, which may include an emergency vaccination if rabies is suspected.

If your injuries are serious, or if the experience was traumatic, you might be thinking of suing the dog’s owner. The State of Florida has a law that makes this easier for the victim.

Strict liability versus the one bite rule

An owner’s liability for dog bites varies by state. In many states, owners are only responsible for dog bites if the dog had previously showed signs of aggression, often known as the “one bite rule.”

When it comes to dog bites, Florida has a “strict liability” stance. This means that when a dog bites a person, the owner is automatically responsible for compensating that person for injuries resulting from the bite. Even if the dog doesn’t have a history of aggression, and there was no indication the dog would attack, the owner may still be held liable if the victim chooses to sue.

Some factors can affect a dog bite case. If an owner is negligent, or intentionally incites a dog to attack a person, they may face additional liability. Likewise, a person who trespasses or provokes a dog may lose all or part of their right to compensation. An owner can also reduce liability by prominently displaying a sign that reads “Bad Dog.”

If you’re thinking of suing a dog owner, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights as well as your options.

Let Katherine help you!

Katherine has years of experience handling personal injury cases of all kinds. She has helped many clients manage their lives after a dog bite injury, understand state and local laws, and get the compensation they deserve. She can do the same for you!

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