Pet owners, attack victims, insurance carriers and government officials may always disagree about what defines a dangerous dog. Many communities in our area have legislated local ordinances to denote certain breeds as “bad dogs” or have established rules for repeat offenders. In some people’s minds, the size of the dog seems most appropriate to determine whether a certain breed is considered dangerous. Unfortunately, that ignores the fact as to whether or not a given dog intends to cause harm and simply assumes a larger, more powerful animal could more easily cause injury.
In Florida, dog owners generally have strict liability (similar to premises liability law) in a case involving a dog bite or animal attack. In most instances, it does not matter if the dog has previously bitten someone or whether the animal is on or off the dog owner’s property.
In many dog bite cases, our personal injury attorneys have been able to help our clients obtain compensation for injuries including:
At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we believe strongly that people who have suffered a violent animal attack should be compensated for their pain and suffering in addition to their medical costs. If you or a loved one was injured, traumatized or died as a result of an unprovoked attack, contact us at 904-251-1111 or 1-800-251-1111 to speak with an attorney about your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
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