Dog attacks can be devastating, and if you are a dog attack victim, you need a Broward County dog bite lawyer on your side. Contact The Finizio Law Group, P.A. to learn more about dog attacks in Florida, who is responsible for injuries sustained in one, and how our legal team can fight for your rightful compensation.
Should I Speak with a Broward County Dog Bite Lawyer?
Dog attacks can have long-term implications on a person, and at times, injuries sustained in a dog attack can permanently injure or disable a person. If you were recently attacked by a dog, you should speak with a competent Broward County personal injury attorney who has effectively handled dog bite claims in the past.
Who is Responsible for a Dog Attack in Florida?
Florida is a “strict liability state” when it comes to dog attacks, which means that a dog bite victim will not have to prove that the owner knew the dog had a “vicious propensity.” Therefore, if you were attacked by a dog either while on public property or while lawfully on private property (such as a guest at your friend’s house), you should have a valid personal injury claim against the dog owner.
You should note, however, that a dog bite sustained on private property does not always warrant a claim. For example, if the dog owner can prove that you provoked the attack, such as by trespassing or by teasing the dog, you may not have a valid claim. Further, if the dog owner had a “Beware of Dog” sign and you still went on his or her property and were attacked, you may not have a claim. That being said, you should note that a “Beware of Dog” sign is not a viable defense if the person attacked was six years old or younger.
Recovering Compensation After a Dog Attack
If you were attacked by a dog, you most likely now require financial compensation to help you cope with any economic or non-economic damages you’ve sustained. For example, dog attacks often cause lacerations, broken bones, scarring, loss of limb, and other very serious and costly injuries. Fortunately, we can help you recover compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, lost past or future wages, and more. Dog attacks also often lead to serious non-economic damages as well, such as emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and disfigurement, among others, and we are here to help you fight for the compensation to which you are entitled.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for dog attack claims in Florida is, typically, four years, which means that in most cases, you are prohibited from filing a personal injury claim after four years of the date of your accident. Of course, the sooner you bring your claim, the better. If you’ve been hurt, you can reach out to a Broward County dog bite lawyer here at The Finizio Law Group, P.A. today.
Contact a Broward County Dog Bite Lawyer
After a traumatic experience like a dog attack, you should not have to pick up the pieces on your own. Contact The Finizio Law Group, P.A. today to schedule your free consultation with our compassionate legal team. We are here to listen to your story and fight for the compensation you need.