Dog Bites

DOG BITES IN FLORIDA

At any given time, an unsuspecting person can be either bitten or attacked by a dog in Florida. Hundreds of dog bites occur every year in Florida. If this has happened to you or to a loved one and you were in a public place or on private property legally, you can and should, be compensated. At The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A., we have Dog Bite Attorneys who are both knowledgeable and experienced in cases of this nature. We can represent you and will recover for you the compensation to which you would be entitled. We handle cases in locations all over Florida, including Florida. Call our office today to set up a free consultation regarding your Dog Bite case.

Dog bite incidents can give rise to substantial damages, including costly hospital trips and time missed from work commonplace. Non-economic damages to victims of dog bites can include permanent scarring or disfigurement, and extensive trauma. Our Firm can assist you in having all of your damages fully covered to enable you to be “made whole” after such an attack. The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. can use our pre-suit negotiating skills and, if ultimately necessary, the legal system, to get the money you deserve.

Florida has a dog bite law. By statute, a dog bite victim in Florida can recover compensation under a special statute and the doctrines of negligence, negligence per se, scienter, and intentional tort. Florida is what is known as a “strict liability” state. Therefore, the owner of any dog that bites you in Florida while you are in a public place or lawfully on or in a private place is liable for any damages suffered by you, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. In certain cases, the property owner, if different from the owner of the dog, may also be liable under various doctrines of law. If the owner of the property should have known of the danger and taken steps to protect you, then you may make a claim based on the owner’s negligent failure to avoid injury.

Who Is Responsible for a Dog Bite in Florida?

This is a determination that the highly trained lawyers at The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. will help you make. Naturally, you would want to legal action against the dog’s owner. But, there could also be others from whom you may be able to seek recovery. For example, when a dog attack occurs on a rental property in Florida, the landlord could be held legally liable if the property owner was aware of the dangerous dog. Sometimes, taking legal action against both the dog owner and the property owner increases the chances of being fully compensated for all damages caused by the dog. It is also important to remember that when you make a claim against a dog owner or property owner, that individual is not usually going to pay the costs personally. Homeowner’s insurance and renter’s insurance can often times share in the cost of dog bite claims.

This means that you shouldn’t hesitate to take legal action after being bitten by a dog in Florida, even if it belongs to a friend or a neighbor. You have costs and losses to cover, and that is what insurance is for. It’s nothing personal against your friend or neighbor, but it is something that you can and should do in order to be properly compensated.

Please call to meet with one of our qualified staff members and attorneys to allow us to help you pursue your claim. We can be reached at (954) 951-3351 or you can email us.