Can I Sue if I Was Bitten By a Dog in Florida?

Apr 24, 2020 - Personal Injury

Most of us are dog lovers, for obvious reasons. They’re smart, loyal, and generally aim to please. Unfortunately, there are times where people neglect, abuse, or simply fail to properly train their dogs, which, in many cases, causes dogs to behave viciously. If you are bitten by a dog, you most likely require financial compensation to heal. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys to learn more about what to do after a dog bite and how we can help you through the legal process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Do I have a case against a dog owner for a dog bite?

To sue a dog owner for a dog bite in the state of Florida, you will have to prove that you were attacked either in a public place or that you were bitten while lawfully on private property, such as a friend or relative’s house. If, however, the dog owner can prove that you provoked the attack in some way, such as teasing the dog or you were trespassing, you may not have a case. 

What should I do after being bitten by a dog?

Though dog attacks are jarring, and, not to mention, very painful, there are several things you should do after an attack, if you can. First, you should call the police, as your health is paramount, and they will send an ambulance to transport you to a hospital for treatment. Next, while you await their arrival, you should obtain the dog owner’s contact information, as well as the contact information of anyone who saw the incident. Take pictures of your injuries, and once you are treated at a hospital, ensure your doctor provides you with medical documentation regarding your injuries. Finally, reach out to an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional information to prove that you were injured as a direct result of the dog owner’s negligence.

That being said, you should note that while you may wish to wait to sue to see if your injuries heal naturally, we cannot advise you to do so. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations in place, which means you have four years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait past the four-year window, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. We are ready to help you win the compensation you deserve as soon as possible. 

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Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.

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