Daytona Beach Dog Bite Lawyer
Any dog, regardless of size or breed, can cause injuries through a bite. Most dog bites are preventable and are the result of an owner’s negligence, either through neglect, abuse or intentional aggression training. Under a majority of circumstances, our Daytona Beach dog bite lawyers can help you while you focus on recovery.
Dog owner’s liability for damages to person bitten
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 owner’s’ knowledge of such viciousness of the dog or the owner’s’ knowledge of such viciousness. However, any negligence on the part of the person bitten that is proximate cause of the biting incident reduces the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident.
Florida has a statute of limitation that limits the amount of time an injured person has to file a lawsuit after a dog bite injury. The statute of limitations requires an injured person to get their lawsuit filed in Florida’s civil court system within four years of the date of a dog bite. If you miss the four-year deadline, the court will likely throw your case out instead of hearing it. To ensure your case will be heard, make sure it is filed before the deadline passes.
Florida is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. In other words, a Florida dog owner may be held liable if his or her dog bites someone, even if the owner had no prior knowledge or warning that the dog might bite. The injured person does not have to prove that a lack of reasonable care caused the bite.
When a dog attacks an individual – regardless of the victim’s age, physical build or mental attributes – the incident leaves a mark. This goes beyond the physical puncture wounds and bite marks suffered by the victim. There is a heavy emotional and psychological toll in dog bite cases, which is indisputable. A dog attack is traumatic. Dog aggression can leave long lasting anxiety. Injuries associated with a serious dog bites may be:
- Deep contusions
- Serious head and face injuries
- Long term emotional scars
What to do after a dog bite?
Almost 75 million dogs live in the United States, and since many victims of dog bites don’t seek medical care or report the attack, it may be that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s estimate of 4.5 million dog bites each year in the U.S. may be too low. Approximately 880,000 dog bite victims seek emergency medical care at hospitals in the U.S. every year.
Seek medical care for your injuries if you need it. Get all the records regarding your attack, including animal control records, medical records, police reports, and any other records/reports regarding what happened. Take pictures of any injury. It is easier to show a picture of an injury than to describe it verbally.
Hiring a Daytona Beach Dog Bite Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, contact the dog bite attorneys at Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. today for a free initial consultation. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover on your behalf. Call us today at 866-785-5470.
Take the time to discuss your injuries with an understanding lawyer at Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. Our Daytona Beach dog bite lawyers will evaluate your case, negotiate on your behalf with the animal’s owner or owner’s insurance company, file and pursue a lawsuit on your behalf if negotiations don’t lead to a successful settlement, and offer you support during this traumatic time in your life.