Dog Bites

Dog Bite Attorney in Stuart, FL

Florida law imposes responsibility on the owner of a dog who bites. Sometimes, the resulting dog attack causes disfiguring and permanent scarring, for which compensation is available.

Dog and animal attacks are unpredictable, and often result in major injuries, and sometimes, even death.

In all dog bite and animal attack cases, it is crucial to take action, investigate the incident, preserve evidence, and carefully evaluate the injuries.

Even more alarming is the fact that children suffer a majority of dog bites and attacks. Many states, including Florida, have specific laws regarding dog bites.

Florida has a strict liability dog bite statute that states that the owner of a dog is liable for damages inflicted by his or her dog if it bites a person who is either in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.

The dog owner is liable regardless of whether the owner had reason to believe it would behave in a vicious manner.

What Should You Do If a Dog Has Bitten You?

  • Call 911
  • Make every attempt to keep the animal in sight, find its owner, and obtain the owner’s contact information, preferably verified by their photo ID
  • Seek the help of a physician or visit a local hospital — make sure that you are up to date on your tetanus shots
  • Maintain copies of all medical records
  • Seek the help of an attorney

For assistance on your dog bite case, contact Lance P. Richard, P.A. immediately for a FREE consultation.

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