Dog bites can result in mild to severe injuries, including costly hospital visits and permanent disfigurement or scarring. Dog owners in Florida are strictly liable for damages suffered by the person bitten regardless of whether or not the dog showed vicious tendencies. If the dog also showed aggressive behavior and the owner knew, you may also make a claim that the owner’s negligence caused your injuries.
Who is responsible for a dog bite?
Depending on whether you pursue recovery in strict liability or in negligence, you may be able to hold more than one party responsible. Responsibility is not limited to the dog’s owner. Property owners or landlords may also be liable if they are aware of a dog’s dangerous tendencies. In both scenarios, the liable person usually does not pay the costs personally, instead their homeowners or renters insurance will pay your costs.
In some cases, employers may also be liable if the injury took place while you were working. This type of claim is handled through the worker’s compensation process.
What damages are covered?
Dog bite victims are entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. It is important to seek medical care immediately as well as any follow-up care recommended so that your medical expenses can be claimed with certainty and maintain records of time spent off work.
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Insurance companies, landlords, and dog owners can be reluctant to admit fault and pay for your injuries. Sometimes you may be pressured to settle for less than your case in worth. The attorneys of Oldham & Delcamp have experience dealing with insurers and negotiating with at-fault parties to seek adequate compensation for your injuries.
Slip and Fall in Florida
An attorney also knows the particulars of law, and what the rules are in their home state(s). There are two laws in Florida that may have an effect on your case and the compensation that you are awarded.
Statute of Limitations
In Florida the victim of a slip and fall accident has 4 years to file their suit in civil court. Legal counsel will make sure that you meet all the requirements for your case.
Pure Comparative Negligence
The state of Florida evaluates slip and fall cases in regards to comparative negligence. In layman’s terms, they will determine how much fault the victim has in the accident. If they were in a restricted area, behaving in an unsafe manner, etc. If the court determines that the victim bears fault, the reward can be decreased.
Don’t Face it Alone
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida, you need professionals to advocate for your needs. Contact us to discover how we can help you to get through the difficult time after an accident. Oldham and Delcamp trial attorneys have the experience and expertise to fight for your needs and help you to reclaim your life after a slip and fall accident. We can help as your slip and fall lawyer, DUI law and auto accident attorney as well as rear-end accidents attorney, trucking accidents attorney and premises liability lawyer.
Oldham & Delcamp is a member of the Attorney’s Real Estate Council of Broward County, is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Bar Association, and is the former chair of the Real Property section.
When your freedom is on the line, you need an attorney that is aggressive, responsive, and experienced. Oldham & Delcamp is committed to making sure that each of our clients receives the personalized attention of one of our attorneys.