Florida Dog Bite
Dogs are great pets. However dogs bite more than 4.5 million people a year in the US. About 800,000 people require medical attention. Children and senior citizens are the most frequent victims. You have rights and can recover damages if you are bitten.
If You’ve Gotten a Florida Dog Bite
Get medical attention. Bites can cause permanent damage and scarring. In addition, roughly 18% of dog bites become infected. There is also a risk of tetanus and rabies.
Medical care generally includes cleaning, suturing, a tetanus shot, and possibly treatment for rabies. Medical professionals must report the dog bite to law enforcement.
The officer will take a report and speak with the owner. The dog is then quarantined for fourteen days. The bite victim must start treatment for rabies if the dog shows signs of rabies or cannot be located,
Premise Liability and Florida Dog Bite
Premise liability covers injuries occurring from dangerous conditions on personal property. Under Florida law, the dog’s owner/handler is almost always responsible for the dog’s behavior. This means the dog’s owner owes damages to the victim. Very rarely, dog owners are not responsible for bites. These situations generally include a person older than six is trespassing or provoking the dog to the point of attack.
Additionally, Florida law protects domesticated animals, other dogs and wildlife.
Homeowners do have some protection under Florida law. A prominently placed sign reading “Bad Dog” or “Beware of Dog” will cover you, as long as the victim is over six years old. Children under six are unable to understand the sign. They are also not responsible for provoking the dog.
If you or a loved one, including another animal, has been bitten, contact a personal injury attorney like Brian Hoag. You are entitled to collect damages.
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Hopefully, you will never need the legal services of a Tampa personal injury lawyer that specializes in premise liability, but if you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.