Perhaps you were minding your own business. Or perhaps your dog was minding its own business. Then, in an instant, something changed and a bite occurred. Perhaps it was a relatively superficial bite but it got infected. Or perhaps the bite was deep and caused lasting damage. No matter what the circumstances surrounding your “bite story” happen to be, the aftermath of a bite is undeniably disorienting. It can be difficult to know how to respond to an event like this. But if you have recently been bitten (or your dog recently bit someone) please know that you are not alone. During an average recent year, 18,000 bite claims were filed against American homeowners. A Longwood, FL personal injury attorney experienced in this area of law can help you to explore your legal and financial options, no matter what your unique circumstances may be.
Dog Bite Liability – The Basics
When it comes to dog bites, there are usually two primary legal/financial responses on the part of victims. First, when possible, a victim may file an insurance claim to financially compensate for the harm caused by the attack. This is an easier option to explore when the owner of a dog owns a home and has homeowner’s insurance. Second, when appropriate, a victim may file a personal injury claim against the dog owner and/or third-parties whose actions or inactions contributed to the attack. This is not the best option for every bite victim, but it may be an excellent legal alternative for some, especially if a bite is severe. If you have been bitten by a dog, an experienced Longwood, FL premises liability attorney can help you to explore this option.
Dog bite liability concerns vary from state to state. Some state regulations impose strict liability on dog owners. Practically speaking, this means that any time an animal attacks someone, its owner is considered liable automatically. In other states, victims will have to prove that an animal behaved dangerously in the past or will have to meet some other criteria before a pet owner can be considered legally liable for bite-related injuries. In still other cases, liability for the attack falls to the victim. There are instances in which individuals unreasonably provoke animals or have otherwise placed liability on their own shoulders (by breaking into a private dwelling where a dog lives, etc.). The legal team at David & Philpot, PL is highly experienced with Florida dog bite law and can help you to navigate the legal options available/appropriate for your situation.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you or a loved one has recently been bitten by a dog (or your dog has recently bitten someone) and you have questions about your legal options, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced Longwood, FL premises liability attorney today. No two dog bite cases are exactly alike, so it is important to avoid making assumptions about your situation before either committing to legal action or dismissing legal action as an option. Speaking confidentially with a Longwood, FL premises liability attorney experienced in this area of law will allow you to make informed and empowered decisions about your situation moving forward. Our firm has extensive experience with dog bite cases and we would be happy to answer any questions you have at this time. We look forward to speaking with you.