At Gordon & Doner, our lawyers have successfully handled numerous cases involving dog bites, either through negotiating a settlement with the dog owner's insurance company or by taking the case to trial and demanding our client be compensated for their injuries.
Our Davie dog bite lawyers are well-versed in Florida laws meant to protect the rights of dog bite victims, and we know that acting quickly after a victim has been attacked is crucial to the outcome of their case. When you consult with our skilled attorneys, we will immediately begin investigating your claim to establish who was at fault for your injuries and whether the dog owner's insurance will cover your damages.
If you or your loved one was bitten by a dog, it is important to contact a reputable attorney immediately after seeking medical assistance. Through our quality legal services, our Davie dog bite lawyers will help determine the best course of action for you to take, and we will work diligently to ensure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
We are known throughout Davie for the successful verdicts and settlements we obtain for our clients, and we are available to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law.
Contact our Davie dog bite lawyers today by calling us at 1 (855) 722-2552
Who is Liable When a Dog Attacks?
In the majority of dog bite cases, the dog owner is fully responsible for any damages or injuries that resulted from the attack. However, there are certain instances in which some or all of the fault may be shifted away from the owner and placed with the victim. For example, if a person was injured while provoking a dog, the owner is not likely to be found liable for the person's injuries. Some examples of provoking a dog include:
- Hitting, kicking or grabbing a dog
- Teasing a dog, such as poking it with a stick or pulling its tail
- Yelling loudly in a dog's face
- Trying to take a toy or bone out of a dog's mouth
- Attempting to pet a dog while it is eating
- Intentionally or unintentionally stepping on a dog's foot or tail
- Allowing a young child to hug a strange dog
If a victim received injuries after provoking a dog, their negligent and reckless behavior will be taken into account when determining liability. In most instances, owners of dogs that attack when provoked will not be found liable.
It is also important to note that dog owners cannot be found liable for bite injuries if the attack occurred on their property and there is at least one easily visible "Bad Dog" sign posted. An exception to this rule exists if the victim is under 6-years-old, as it is generally assumed they are unable to read a posted sign.
While certain circumstances place more fault with the victim than the dog owner, in most cases, the owner is responsible for the dog's actions. Many attacks are caused by dogs that are not restrained properly or that are known to be aggressive or vicious. In these instances, the injured victim can file a lawsuit against the owner of the dog to recover compensation for their losses.
Depending on the case details, a dog owner's insurance may cover the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering related to an attack by their pet. If the dog owner does not have insurance, or if their insurance is too inadequate to provide sufficient compensation, the Davie dog bite lawyers at Gordon & Doner will bring a legal claim against them to ensure fair compensation is awarded to the victim through any legal means available.
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Our Davie Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help
Florida law has a "statute of limitations" that limits the amount of time a victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit following a dog bite injury. After this set amount of time expires, victims of dog bites are no longer eligible to collect financial compensation from the dog's owner. Because of the statute of limitations, it is important for dog bite victims to contact a reputable attorney as soon as possible following a dog attack.
With decades of experience handling dog bite lawsuits, the Davie dog bite lawyers at Gordon & Doner have the knowledge and resources necessary to effectively represent injured victims and help ensure they receive the maximum amount of financial restitution allowed by law.
Whether you are a mail carrier, delivery person, family member or neighbor, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit if you were attacked or bitten by another person's dog. While no amount of money can erase the physical and emotional scars left after an attack, it can help relieve the financial burden associated with costly medical treatments, doctor visits and lost wages.
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