Have you or a loved one been bitten by a dog?
If a dog has bitten you in Florida, the law is on your side. In Florida, dog owners are strictly liable to the victim for dog bite injuries, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. In addition, dog owners are strictly liable for any damage or injuries caused by the actions of their dogs. This type of law is known as “strict liability”, or liability without fault. In most dog bite cases, the animal’s owner will be required to pay all of the damages caused by the dog attack. Sometimes, however, the dog’s “keeper,” or the person who was taking care of the animal at the time of the attack, may also be held liable. Also, in limited circumstances, a landlord may be held liable for the damages caused by his tenants’ dog. If a dog causes an injury, the owner (or in some cases, the keeper or landlord) may be liable for the following damages:
- All past and future medical expenses
- All past lost wages and any future loss of earning capacity
- All past and future pain and mental suffering
- Damages for all scarring
- Property damage
The medical expenses associated with a dog bite can be extremely costly, especially in the event of a scarring injury. Scars can be a serious, life-long result of a dog bite. Children, because of their size, are particularly susceptible to bites around the head and face. Scarring injuries not only cause physical problems, but can also cause long term emotional trauma requiring a significant amount of psychological counseling.
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