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DOG BITES

There is something innately horrifying about being attacked by an animal. This is especially true if an animal that is supposed to be “man’s best friend” has attacked you or a loved one.

If you have been attacked and bitten by a dog, you are protected under Florida law. Unlike some other states, Florida’s dog bite law does not have what is known as a “one-bite” clause that protects owners whose dogs have never bitten a human before. Instead, Florida’s laws favor the bitten party, and hold the owner of the dog strictly liable for his animal’s actions. According to section 767.04 of the Florida Statutes, “[t]he owner of a dog is liable for damages inflicted by his or her dog that bites a person who is either in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner’s property.”

 

As the victim of a dog bite, you can choose to pursue civil litigation. If you win your case, the jury may award you monetary damages to help compensate you for the expenses related to your dog bite injury. You may seek compensatory damages for measurable losses such as medical bills, insurance co-payments, lost wages, and future medical care.

 

You may also seek non-economic damages, such as mental anguish or pain and suffering, to compensate you for the trauma of a dog bite.

 

In Alabama, the law is not quite as friendly to victims. Section 3-6-1, Alabama Statutes, only holds the owner of a dog strictly liable if the dog bites the victim on the owner’s property or chases them off the owner’s land. Alabama does allow a dog bite victim to bring a claim for negligence, but only if the victim can prove that the owner knew the animal had “dangerous propensities” otherwise known as the one-bite rule.

 

If a dog has bitten you, the law says you deserve to recover economic damages for your injury. Because of the differences in Florida and Alabama laws, you should contact the lawyers at Michles & Booth, P.A., as soon as possible to determine your rights under the laws that apply to your case. If your claim is likely to result in compensation, Michles & Booth, P.A., can help you file suit and get you compensation for the damages incurred because of an animal owner’s lack of responsibility. Don’t let yourself be a victim twice.

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