We treat our dogs like family, but at the end of the day, they are animals that can be unpredictable and aggressively dangerous in the right conditions. Dogs are usually quite peaceful, wanting little more than to live up to their title as man’s best friend. However, dogs can attack without no notice and without provocation, leaving behind extensive trauma, permanent disfigurement, and emotional scarring. Under Florida Code section 767.04, when the owner of a dog fails to take reasonable care to protect people from the dog, he or she can be held liable for any injuries that result.
Dog bite claims can be complex and tricky. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, get in touch with our Pembroke Pines dog bite attorneys at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA to begin the claims process. Our team has been helping dog bite victims for years and have the experience and knowledge to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Dog Bite Statistics
Approximately 4.5 million people are bitten or attacked by dogs each year in the United States. The tab for dog bite injuries per annum is roughly $500 million. Children age 14 and under are at the greatest risk for attack; most attacks involve children that the dog knows. On average, two Floridians per year die as a result of dog attacks. Unrestrained dogs account for about 33 percent of all bite injuries, and most often than not, serious injuries from dog attacks are seen mainly from attacks by three breeds: pit bulls, Rottweilers and German shepherds.
Florida Strict Liability
In Florida, dog owners are strictly liable for the injuries that their dogs cause. As opposed to states with the “one bite rule,” strict liability means that even if the dog was not previously known to be aggressive, owners are still liable for injuries when their dogs bite. For dog attacks occurring on rental property, the property owner or landlord may be held partly or jointly liable if he was aware that the dog could be dangerous. Most dog bite claims are paid by the responsible party’s renter’s or homeowners insurance policy.
Compensation in Dog Bite Claims
A dog bite claim may seek damages for a variety of losses you may experience due to your dog bite injury. Commonly, claims ask for damages for medical care (both present and future), lost wages and future diminished capacity to earn a living, pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you experienced a disability due to your injuries, any awards you receive will likely be greatly enhanced.
Dog bites can leave behind long-term physical and emotional scars. Consult with a Pembroke Pines dog bite attorney as soon as possible following your dog bite injury. Our dog bite injury team at the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman, PA can review your case for free and help you get the compensation to which you are entitled. Schedule your no-cost consultation today.