Understanding Your Rights
Under Florida statute 767.04, the owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is in a public place, or lawfully in a private place, is liable for damages, regardless if whether the owner had knowledge of the dog’s viciousness. In addition, if the dog bite occurs on privately- owned property, the owner may be liable if he or she knew that a dangerous dog was present but failed to warn. Therefore, if you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog bite, more than one person may be held liable for your injuries.
Dog bites can inflict a wide range of injuries resulting in costly medical bills. Pursuant to the Florida Department of Health, an average of over 600 Floridians are hospitalized every year due to injuries sustained from a dog bite. Out of these 600 injuries, two result in death. In 2019, Florida was ranked the second-highest state in the U.S for average cost per claim due to dog bite injuries. Some of the most common injuries and damages caused by dog bites include broken bones, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, and soft tissue injuries.
Money Damages You May Be Awarded
If you have been the victim of a dog bite injury, you may be entitled to both economic and non- economic damages.
Economy damages refer to your current out-of-pocket costs, as well as reasonably foreseeable future costs. Some examples of economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.
Non-economic damages are funds awarded to victims to compensate for the intangible negative impact of their injuries. Some examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
When Must You File Your Claim?
Under Florida Law, a dog bite victim has four years from the date on which he or she sustained the injury to file a lawsuit. If a claim is never filed within the four-year window, the dog bite victim will be barred from filing suit or seeking monetary recovery for injuries sustained from the incident, which is why it is important to act quickly after a dog bite incident has occurred.
Let us help you get the most out of your case
In Redemption Law, we understand how difficult and stressful being the victim of a dog bite can be; however, you do not have to face it alone. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from a dog bite, contact our office today so we can help you get the most out of your case. Call or email us to schedule a free, confidential consultation so we can help evaluate your case and introduce you to our team. Every minute counts, so don’t wait and contact us today!
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