Florida’s dog bite laws strongly favor the victim of an attack over the owner of the animal. In fact, if you were attacked by a dangerous animal on a property that was being rented, the landlord of the property may also be liable for your injuries. Your Miami personal injury attorney can help you understand if this applies to your situation or not.
While some states require a dog attack a person before the owner can be sued forinjuries caused by the animal, Florida allows the owner to be held liable for any and all injuries that are caused by their pets. In some situations, the victim may be held liable for their role in the attack, for example, if you were teasing or abusing an animal before it mauled you. This rule does not apply to children under six though. If you are uncertain about how your behavior may play into your liability case, please ask your Miami personal injury lawyer.
At The Law Offices of Gilbert and Smallman, we urge our clients to teach their children how to behave around animals to minimize the chance of an attack. We also suggest you train your animals properly to prevent their attacking someone else. If you need any tips on how to better protect your family from potential animal attacks, please ask your Miami personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has already been injured by an aggressive animal though, your Miami personal injury lawyer can help you claim the compensation you deserve. Damages you may receive in your lawsuit include medical expenses, punitive damages, lost wages, disfiguration, lost quality of life and more. If you have any questions, please call our offices and schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you.
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