Dog Bites

Florida Dog Bite Lawyers

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Dog bites happen for all kinds of reasons, and nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. alone annually. Most of the time, a dog in a park or other public place bites an adult or child without warning.

When this happens, not only is physical harm done, but scarring can happen. Death has even occurred when dogs attack unexpectedly. In the state of Florida, dog bites are taken very seriously.

At The Dellutri Law Group, PA, we handle all types of personal injury cases, including dog bites and attacks. Our firm is here to help you understand your rights and the legal options available to you. We can assist you in filing a claim and fighting for the fair recovery you are owed.

Call (800) 391-4337 or contact us online to request a free, confidential consultation.

What to Do After a Dog Bite

A dog bite can be a traumatic experience. Even if you know the dog and the owner, you may be in shock and unsure of what to do. The most important thing to do is to focus on your health and safety. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911 for help.

Here’s what you should do if you have been the victim of a dog bite:

  • Take a look at these steps, and make sure to follow these steps when a dog bite occurs to you or a loved one.
  • Call the police immediately
  • Make sure to take photos of the area, the dog, and the bite
  • Note whether or not the dog was on a leash
  • Take photos of the name of the park or other area
  • Go to a reputable doctor right away to have your wounds assessed
  • Follow doctor’s orders exactly
  • Make sure to document the accident with as much detail as possible
  • Call a lawyer

Who is Liable for a Dog Bite?

Florida is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. This means that, in most cases, the dog owner is liable for the injuries caused by their dog. It doesn’t matter if the dog had never bitten anyone before or if the owner didn’t know the dog was capable of biting. The dog owner is generally responsible for the injuries their dog causes, regardless of the dog’s history.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In Florida, a dog owner may not be liable for a bite if:

  • The victim was trespassing on private property at the time of the bite
  • The victim was bitten by a police or military dog in the line of duty
  • The victim was bitten by a dog while committing a crime

Florida also has a “one bite” rule. This means that if the dog owner is able to prove that they had no reason to believe their dog was dangerous, they may not be held liable for the first bite. However, if the dog has bitten anyone before, the dog owner is presumed to have known the dog was dangerous and can be held liable for any subsequent bites.

The law further extends to other animals as well. An owner of any domestic animal that bites another person is responsible for those damages, and the law is very specific as to the term “domestic animals.”

In Florida, a domestic animal is the following type of animal:

  • Horse or other equine
  • Bovines
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Swine
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Any “beast” or “bird” that has been domesticated

How Our Dog Bite Attorneys Can Help You

At The Dellutri Law Group, PA, we know that no two cases are the same. When you turn to our firm for help, you can trust that we will take the time to listen to your story, understand your concerns, and build a personalized legal strategy for you. We are here to help you navigate the legal process from start to finish and will be by your side every step of the way.

When you choose our firm, you can expect:

  • Compassionate, personalized legal representation: We know that this is a difficult time for you and your family. Our team is here to provide the compassionate support you need and the personalized legal solutions you deserve.
  • Responsive communication: We will keep you updated on any developments in your case as they occur. Our team is available to take your call and answer your questions 24/7.
  • Aggressive advocacy: We are not afraid to go to trial and will do everything we can to protect your rights and fight for the maximum recovery you are owed.

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll a dog bite injury can have on you and your family. Our team is here to help.

Our dog bite lawyers in Florida are available to answer your questions and help you understand your rights. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us any upfront fees or costs and only have to pay if we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.

Get started on your dog bite case today; contact us at (800) 391-4337 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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    Our dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals, assistants, & staff have been fighting on behalf of our clients since 1998.

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