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Fort Lauderdale Dog Bite Lawyer

Florida law gives dog bite victims the legal right to receive compensation from the owner of the dog. Victims often do not pursue dog bite claims because they do not want to go after friends or family. According to the statistics, dog bites involving children under 6 years old were almost always a result of a family dog. However, a dog bite victim must understand that their claim will likely be paid by an insurance company – not personally by the dog owner. If you are injured as a result of a dog bite, contact Florida dog bite lawyer Devon Workman immediately to discuss your legal rights.

Florida Dog Bite Statistics

Each year, there are over 600 people hospitalized in Florida from dog bite injuries. Unfortunately, it is children who face the greatest risk of injury from a dog bite. More specifically, children between the age of 1 and 9 are at the highest risk of being bit. Due to the small size of children, dog bites often occur on a child’s neck or head. As result, these dog bites often cause severe injuries that result in extraordinary medical bills. Because Florida law holds dog owner’s strictly liable, dog bite victims have a legal right to be fully compensated for their losses. Here at Workman Injury Law, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer exclusively represents the injured and helps dog bite victims recover maximum compensation for their injuries.

Dog Bite Victims Entitled to Compensation

Florida has a created a special statute holding dog owners liable for dog bite injuries. 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.”

Florida law regarding dog bites is different than other states. This is because, a dog owner can be held liable regardless if they did or didn’t have knowledge of the dog’s violent tendencies.

However, there are two exceptions to this general rule. First, if the victim provoked the dog causing the dog to attack. Second, if a person was on the dog owner’s property when the bite occurred and there was sign that stated “Beware of Dog or Bad Dog.” In these narrow circumstances, the victim’s own negligence will be examined by a jury when apportioning damages.

What Can a Dog Bite Attorney Do for You?

Victims who are injured as a result of a dog bite are often left with medical bills, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. It is up to the victim to pursue legal action against the dog owner. Too often, dog bite victims go into their claims alone without a Florida personal injury lawyer by their side. Because of this, the injured may not get fully compensated for their damages because they did not have a dedicated South Florida injury attorney in their corner.

Here at Workman Injury Law, our goal is to ensure you get fully compensated for your loss and make your recovery process go as smoothly as possible. We will personally assist you in your dog bite claim and aggressively pursue just compensation for the following:

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At Workman Injury Law, we know how stressful and overwhelming an accident can be on your life. Our job is to fight for you to get the compensation you deserve and help you get back on your feet. We only represent injured individuals and we will be by your side every step of the way.

If you have been injured in an accident, call 954-361-3997 or fill out our online contact form to speak with Florida injury attorney Devon Workman at no cost.

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