Have you become a victim in a dog bite accident? If so, you understand the extensive medical and financial damages associated with the event, and probably feel you deserve compensation for your injuries. The first step to receiving compensation, however, is understanding your case and the laws surrounding it.
Dog bites can a very traumatic injury for an individual, and in most cases, they occur due to owner negligence. A dog owner must be in complete control of their animal, and if they lose control, they can be held accountable for damages caused by said animal. Florida law contains regulations that enforce liability on the owner for dog bite injuries. The law outlines that dog owners can be held accountable for damages caused to a person who was bitten by their dog, regardless of the dog’s previous behavior.
More often than not, dog bite accidents fall under the standard of negligence. Negligence, or the failure to display an acceptable degree of care, occurs when a dog owner neglects to monitor the animal in an appropriate manner. This could mean the owner was not supervising the dog properly, or they did not use proper measures to maintain control of the animal. Having a fence that does not contain the animal properly, not using a leash in a public setting, or not displaying a “Beware of Dog” sign on their property are all examples of owner negligence.
However, the Florida regulation does take the liability of the victim into account, if their actions are deemed to be negligent leading up to the dog bite accident. For instance, if an individual enters private property that contains a “Beware of Dog” sign and is subsequently bitten, the victim could be liable for the damages if the dog owner is proven to have not provoked the animal to attack in any way. Florida law also includes an exception to this statute in regard to young children. According to the State of Florida, children younger than the age of 6 aren’t able to fully comprehend their actions and cannot avoid the danger associated with being around an animal. These children do not understand the consequences of their actions, and will, therefore, act with different regard for their safety in comparison to an adult. In other words, a child younger than the age of 6 cannot be deemed negligent in a dog bite accident. Children above the age of 6, however, can be deemed negligent by a jury. This occurs when a jury proves the child was able to comprehend the possible danger of the circumstance but proceeded with their actions regardless of the understood consequences. The jury is also requested to determine whether the parents of the child were supervising them at the time of the incident and can determine if parental negligence played a role in the incident.
In many cases, an individual will be unaware they were affected by a dog owner’s negligence. They’ll blame themselves or other extraneous circumstances and will not receive the proper reparations. If you were the victim of a dog bite accident, you are entitled to reimbursement for any and all damages stemming from the attack. These incidents cause both physical and mental damage that you shouldn’t have to pay for, especially when you are not at fault. At the Rojas Law Group, we work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve from a dog bite accident. Using our extensive experience in the subject matter, our expert attorneys will work with you on your case, ensuring you with the best possible outcome. Schedule a free, no-risk consultation online today, or call us at (813) 879-2223, and take the first step towards getting what you deserve.
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