Dog Bite & Animal Attacks
Dog bites and other animal attacks can lead to serious personal injury and often have legal implications. In the state of Florida, animal attacks are covered by two strains of the law: strict liability and negligence.
A dog attack can be a terrifying situation and may result in physical limitations or disfigurement. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog or has been injured in another animal attack, the experienced lawyers at Sanchez & Brown will help you understand how the law applies to your case and whether you can pursue legal action for compensation.
- Strict Liability Law involving Florida animal attacks: When it comes to dog bites and other animal attacks, Florida’s strict liability legislation bases a lawsuit on the animal’s owner being liable for injuries sustained as a result of the attack. While in some states the animal’s owner is only liable if the animal has previously attacked someone else, this is not the case in Florida. If you were injured from a dog bite or a similar animal attack, the animal’s owner is automatically liable (unless you were trespassing on his/her property at the time, were provoking the animal, or if your own negligence somehow contributed to the attack).
- Negligence Law involving Central Florida animal attacks: While Florida’s strict liability laws are the most common route for pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in these cases, you may also be able to argue your case on the basis of negligence. To do so, you must be able to prove that the animal’s owner failed to provide some duty of care which resulted in the animal attack and the subsequent injuries. Sanchez & Brown can help you identify whether negligence law can also be applied to your lawsuit. Call us today to discuss your situation.
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