Dog Bite Accidents
Every year, thousands of Americans are bitten by animals, most often dogs. In many cases, a person bitten by an animal may have a legal right to recover damages from the animal’s owner or another party that is held responsible.
What should you do if an animal bites you?
You should seek appropriate medical attention immediately. An animal bite can cause serious infection and injury if not treated.
Owner Liability for Dog Bites
In Florida, dog owners must keep their animals restrained and they must post a “bad dog” sign. Owners who fail to restrain their pets and warn others are liable for medical bills and injuries suffered when their dog attacks. It is not necessary to prove that the dog owner knew their pet was dangerous.
Potential Defense in Dog/ Animal Bite Cases
There are instances in which an owner of a vicious animal might not be held liable if their animal attacks. For example, if the owner of the animal adequately warned other people that the animal was dangerous, and took appropriate measures to keep the animal away from people, an individual who ignored the owner’s warnings and was hurt by the animal may be unsuccessful in recovering damages. The owner of the animal may also contest that the person that was injured provoked their animal, and this may be a way for the owner to avoid liability of the particular situation.
The legal issues surrounding dog/animal bites are always complex and difficult to navigate through. If you are the victim of a dog/animal bite then call Adler Injury Law at (800)-4-USA-Law for a free consultation. Let us look after your best interests from this point forward.