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What to Do After You Were Bitten by Someone Else’s Dog

April 25, 2022

Unfortunately, a dog’s behavior is not always predictable. Even a seemingly mild-mannered dog may lash out and attack someone without warning or without reason. For that reason, Florida has adopted a strict liability rule when it comes to dog bite injuries. If you were injured after being bitten by someone else’s dog in Florida, you need to know what your rights are and what steps you need to take. 

Liability for Dog Bite Injuries

Under Florida’s dog bite statute, a dog owner is liable for injury inflicted by their pet on a person in a public place or lawfully in a private place, regardless of whether the owner knew or should have known that their dog was vicious or was a risk to bite someone. An injured dog bite victim does not need to show any carelessness or inattentiveness on the part of the dog owner. 

However, liability for dog bite injuries in Florida may be altered under certain circumstances, including:

Steps to Take After You’ve Been Bitten by Somebody Else’s Dog

If you were bitten by someone else’s dog, you should take the following steps to preserve your rights to pursue a claim for compensation:

Finally, make time to speak to a dog bite injury attorney as soon as possible after the incident to quickly begin the process of recovering compensation. In many dog bite injury cases, you will obtain compensation from the owner’s insurance company. This makes working with an attorney who has experience dealing with insurers and obtaining maximum compensation in insurance claims especially important.

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Dog Bite Case in Florida

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a dog bite in Florida? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey represent clients injured because of dog bites in Coconut Creek, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Pembroke Pines, and throughout Florida. Call (954) 525-2345 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 2211 Davie Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, as well as offices in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Coconut Creek, Plantation, and Pompano Beach.

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