Anyone that has been bitten by a dog, no matter how big or small, knows that it is an extremely painful experience that is both physically and psychologically damaging. Even someone who loves dogs can be wary of being around them again after a single bad experience. If you or someone you love has been injured during an incident where another person’s dog was responsible, it’s important to look at your legal options. You may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover your damages in the form of monetary compensation.
Dog Bite Laws In South Florida
If you are involved in a dog bite scenario in Florida, there are specific laws that will apply to the situation. The first law is known as a strict liability law and the other is a law that deals with negligence. Working with an attorney is the best way to ensure your case follows the requirements of the appropriate law.
The first law, known as strict liability, covers dog bites where the owner is responsible for the dog attack and therefore liable for the damage caused. This law differs from the well-known “one bite” law, which does not place fault with the dog’s owner unless the dog has a recorded history of biting someone before. The strict liability law does not cover attacks that happen while trespassing on private property, nor does it cover bites preceded by some form of provocation like hitting or slapping the dog.
There is also the possibility of filing suit on the grounds of negligence. Often dog bite claims are able to be covered by negligence. This can be any circumstance that violates the standard duty of care, such as a dog running loose on public land, or a dog that is not properly secured in a yard and escapes, may all be valid claims under negligence laws.
What Kind of Losses Can Be Claimed In a Suit?
While your attorney will have the best and most detailed answer based on the circumstances of your accident, many common damages that are claimed in dog bite claims include:
- Medical bills for both the treatment already obtained as well as the treatment that is expected in the future.
- Lost wages due to missed work from treatments or hospitalization. This may even include missed opportunities for overtime.
- Pain and suffering may be a component that you can seek compensation for as well. Be sure to discuss this with your attorney.
Why Choose Elstein Legal?
If you are involved in a dog bite incident in South Florida and you need to protect your rights with a personal injury claim, you should reach out to Elstein Legal today to begin discussing your case. Not only will we be your ally and advocate during the complex and frustrating claims process, but we will leverage their significant skill and knowledge to help you win the maximum legal compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact Elstein Legal today.