Florida Dog Bite Lawyers
Floridians, like most of the nation, tend to have a strong affection for man’s best friend. Even so, hundreds of dog bites occur each year. An analysis of these bites reveal that small children under the age of 10 are most at risk of suffering a Florida dog bite. While death from dog bites are rare, there are approximately two deaths per year caused by dog bites.
More common are dog bites that cause injuries, as over 600 Floridians are hospitalized due to dog bite injuries every year. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite resulting in injury or death, speak with a experienced dog bite lawyer at Lampariello Law Group. We will hold any negligent parties accountable and will pursue your right to legal compensation for your suffering.
Florida’s dog bite law is covered in the Florida Statute Section 767.04, and is a “strict liability” statute. In other words, it does not matter if the owner knew the dog was likely to bite someone. It also does not matter if the owner took reasonable precautions to prevent the dog from biting, like by keeping the dog on a leash or by putting a fence around the dog’s yard. If there dog bites you, they will be strictly liable for its actions, however there are some exceptions to this rule.
Dangerous Dog Breeds
While any dog can bite, there is a recurring theme of certain breeds that are more likely to bite and cause harm. Pit bulls and Rottweilers alone account for more than half of the country’s dog bites. For this reason, it is perhaps not surprising that Miami-Dade County has issued an ordinance that bans pit bulls in the county.
Other dangerous dog breeds include, statistically speaking, German Shepherds, Huskies, Bullmastiffs, Akitas and Doberman Pinschers, to name just a few. No matter what dog breed bit you or a loved one, here are a few steps to take after a dog attack.
What to Do After a Dog Attack
When you are a loved one have been bitten by a dog, seek medical care immediately. Dog bites from an animal you do not know may be caused by rabies, a deadly disease if left untreated. Other cuts and lacerations can also become infected if not treated, so it is in your best interests to pursue medical attention immediately.
Don’t let the thought of expensive medical bills prevent you from getting the care you need. That is where we come in, as trusted dog bite attorneys who will help you pursue compensation by holding negligent dog owners responsible.
Florida is a premises liability state, meaning dog owners are required to protect visitors to their property from pets. As a result, owners can be held responsible for injuries caused by their dog.
At Lampariello Law Group, we understand the nuances of these cases and will provide you with reliable legal counsel as to your best legal path forward. Contact a Florida dog bite lawyer at our boutique personal injury firm today for a free consultation to discuss your case.