Premise Liability — Dog Bites in Tampa
Beside slip and fall accidents, dog bites in Tampa are common premises liability lawsuits. Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. While 80% cause no injury or only minor, non-medical care requiring injuries, 20% result in serious injuries. Deaths can also occur; however, these are rare, despite media stories.
Liability for Dog Bites in Tampa
Under Florida law, the dog’s owner/handler is almost always responsible for the dog’s behavior. In addition, except for certain cases, Florida courts don’t apportion negligence. Because of this, the dog’s owner generally owes damages to the victim.
The rare bite cases that do not bear owner liability include trespassers over age 6 or provoking the dog to the point of attack.
Florida law also include liability for dog attacks on domesticated animals. Dogs that harass wildlife can be destroyed.
If You’ve Gotten Dog Bites in Tampa
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.
If you decide to pursue legal action, contact a personal injury attorney like Brian Hoag. Keep all medical bills, police reports, and any pertinent information. Your initial consultation is free.
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 considered unable to understand the sign. They are also not responsible for provoking the dog.
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Hopefully, you will never need a Tampa personal injury lawyer that specializes in premise liability, but if you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call at 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.