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Though frequently referred to as “man’s best friend,” dogs can also be dangerous. When a dog attacks, the results can be severe or even deadly. Every year, thousands of adults and children visit emergency rooms because of dog bite injuries. Dog bite injuries can be life changing, going far beyond the actual bite wounds—causing permanent scarring, rabies, emotional trauma, and death.

Understanding Florida Dog Bite Law

Who is liable for dog bite injuries? If a dog’s owner does not take proper precautions to prevent an attack, the owner can be held responsible for an injury caused by their pet. Attorneys can investigate the incident to find out whether the dog owner was negligent or if they violated any animal control laws, such as a leash law, at the time of the attack.Statutes involving dog bites and the necessary legal action vary by state.

How is liability proven in dog bite cases? Generally speaking, if the owner knew or should have known that the dog had aggressive tendencies, he or she becomes responsible for the safety of others in situations where they know the dog to have those tendencies. Sometimes, knowing whether or not you provoked the dog will make a difference in the outcome of your case. However, because dog bite law is state-specific, speak with a Florida dog bite injury attorney to know what information you need in order to make your claim.


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