The State of Florida has laws that are meant to protect dog and animal attacks from occurring. These laws make a dog owner liable for his or her dog biting or attacking another person.
Florida Statute 767.04 States: "The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness."
The main exception to a dog owner's liability is in the event it can be proven that provocation existed which was the cause of the dogs aggression.
"However, any negligence on the part of the person bitten that is a proximate cause of the biting incident reduces the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident."
While this language may seem to leave a broad interpretation of what is considered actions of provoking by the individual that was attacked, what must be shown to a court to absolve dog owner from liability is that an intentional act on the part of the individual bitten to incite the dog to aggression occurred.
Morris Law Firm, P.A., aggressively fights for dog bite injury victims in an effort to ensure they are fairly compensated for everything they are entitled under the law.
Depending upon the specific circumstances of a dog bite injury case, the victim may be entitled to seek compensation and damages for:
If have questions or need to address legal issues relating to Dog Bite Injury Liability or other personal injury needs, seek the legal advice and representation of an aggressive Dog Bite Injury Liability attorney. At Morris Law Firm, P.A., you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Immokalee, Labelle, Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County and Southwest Florida.