Florida Animal Attack and Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
No matter how much we love animals, in some cases, they can cause harm to humans. An animal attack can be both emotionally and physically painful. The most common cases of animal attacks are dog bites. For some, dogs are their companions but for others, dogs are a means of protection and security. Whether for security reasons or acting out of a typically well-behaved dog, a person might get bitten.
In the case of animal attacks, certain legal actions can be taken against the owners. If you or someone you know has been attacked by an animal, a personal injury lawyer can assist in making the recovery process easier. A good injury lawyer can file a claim on your behalf and help you recover monetary compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Types of Animal Attacks
Firstly, if you have been attacked by an animal or bitten by a dog, you need immediate medical attention. If left untreated, an animal bite can result in severe infection, injury and even death. Consult an injury lawyer after being thoroughly examined and treated by a medical professional.
Following are the types of animal attacks or bites for which your lawyer would be able to help you recover financial compensation:
- Dog Bites
- Snake Bites
- Bear attack
- Yellow jackets attack
- Crocodile and alligator attack
- Shark attack
There are many more animal attacks that can cause severe injuries. Depending on the case, your lawyer would help you in filing the right claim.
Types of Claims
According to Florida law, the owner can be held responsible if their dog bites an individual in a public space. Moreover, the owner is also liable even if the bite happens at a private place if the victim is lawfully present on the owner’s property. The liability would cover all the damages the victim suffered. The stance can become stronger if there has been previous knowledge about the viciousness of the dog. In the case of other animal attacks, the victim can get compensation from the individual, group of people or an organization responsible for the animal.
You might be entitled to the following compensation, depending on the severity of the injury:
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering compensation
- Compensation for lost wages
- Compensation for incapability of earning
- Past and future medical expenses
You might also be entitled to receive punitive damages in certain cases. To attain punitive damages, the negligent party’s conduct must be proved to be more than only negligent, for instance, intentional or reckless conduct.
Can You Sue For Claims?
Florida laws are strict when it comes to animal attacks and dog bites; however, they are not sympathetic towards neglecting behaviors on the victim’s part that led to the animal attack. There are certain instances in which the owner of the animal may not be held accountable for the animal attack. According to statutes 767.04 of Florida law, the compensation of damages would be decreased if there has been negligence on the victim’s part that was linked reasonably to the biting incident. In simple words, failure of exercising care or caution on the victim’s part, the owner of the animal would not be obliged to pay the full compensation. In such cases, the victim would be deemed partially liable.
For instance, if the owner had already warned everyone about the vicious animal and had taken the right security measures to ensure the safety of people if the victim ignored the warnings of the owner and as a result of their own negligence was attacked by the animal. In such cases, the victim failed to follow the degree of care for their own safety which another reasonable individual would have done under the same situation.
If such measures were not taken and the animal attacked, you would be entitled to compensation for the injuries and other damages you had to bear.
Potential Parties Responsible Other Than the Owner
The animal owners aren’t the only ones responsible for the animal attacks. Following are a few scenarios where another individual or group of people, other than the animal’s owner, can be held liable for an animal attack:
Any individual whose custody or care the animal was under might be considered as the keeper or owner of the animal and can be held liable for the animal’s attack; for instance, an animal sitter, an animal pound, or kennels.
Parents of Minors
If the animal’s owner is under the age of 18 years then the parents of the minor would be held responsible for the attack, even if the parents had no direct involvement or knowledge about the animal.
The owner of the property may be held responsible for your injuries caused by any animal they allowed on their property.
If the landlord was aware or should have been aware of the dangerous animal owned by the tenant then they might also be held liable for the injuries sustained from the animal attack.
If you have been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal, seek medical assistance immediately. You should seek legal aid as well to determine whether you are entitled to any compensation from the animal’s owner or other negligent parties. It can be complex to create a case and figure out how to file a claim.
To make it easier, contact Shiner Law Group and get a free evaluation of your case. Our experienced injury lawyer will investigate your situation and sort out the damages you may be entitled. Receiving monetary compensation would ensure that you attain the best treatment as possible for your injuries and recover any or all financial damages you suffered due to the animal attack or dog bite.