Dog Bite Claims in Florida | What to Know

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If you have been recently bitten by a dog, you are likely looking to recover compensation for the physical and emotional trauma you endured. Our dog bite lawyer is prepared to assist you with your upcoming claim. Give our Florida personal injury firm a call today to learn more about how we can assist you. Continue reading to learn the most common injuries sustained after a dog attack, what you should know about dog bite liability in Florida, and the statute of limitations for personal injury claims.

What are the most common injuries sustained in a dog attack?

Dog attacks can result in a range of different serious injuries. The following are the most common injuries sustained in a dog attack:

  • Lacerations
  • Permanent scarring
  • Loss of limb
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent scarring
  • Broken bones
  • Death.

What should I know about dog bite liability in Florida?

Florida is a “strict liability” state regarding dog attacks. This means that dog owners will likely be considered liable for a dog attack in Florida, even if they never knew that their dog had a propensity for violence. If you were bitten by a dog due to no fault of your own, you likely have a valid dog bite personal injury claim. This is also true if you were bitten by a dog while lawfully on private property due to no fault of your own.

However, if the dog owner can prove that you were trespassing or provoked the dog to attack you, they may have a valid defense against your claim. A dog owner may also have a valid defense if you were bitten by a dog and the owner had a “Bad Dog” sign up. However, if a person under the age of six years old is bitten by a dog, the sign is no longer a viable defense.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida?

The statute of limitations for dog bite accident claims is generally four years in Florida. This means that you will have four years from the date of the incident to take legal action against the dog owner. The sooner you can bring attention to your claim, the better. To get started with this process as soon as possible, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney today.

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If you have been injured in an accident due to no fault of your own, you need an attorney who truly cares about your right to heal. Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.

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