Tampa Dog Bite Attacks Injury Lawyer
In Florida, dog owners may be held responsible for their dog’s actions if they cause harm. The strict liability laws for dog owners make them liable for unprovoked dog bites and attacks. If you have been seriously injured due to a dog bite or attack, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries from the dog’s owner. This can include compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages caused by a dog attack injury. An experienced Tampa dog bite injury lawyer understands how to ensure your rights are protected and is your best option if you have been injured due to a dog bite or dog attack. If you live in the Tampa or St. Pete area and have been injured by a dog bite, please call the experienced dog bite injury lawyers at Ligori & Sanders today!
Strict liability, regarding dog bites, means that dog owners are liable for dog attacks, even if the dog has not been aggressive in the past. Florida Statutes 767.04 details when a dog owner is liable for dog bite injuries in our state. Even if it is the first time the dog has bitten anyone, the dog owner may still be responsible. This is true whether the dog attack occurs on public property or on the dog owner’s property. There are only a few circumstances where the dog owner may not be completely liable for a dog bite injury:
- If the dog was provoked, liability may be split if the person bit was negligent or provoked the bite
- The victim was illegally on the dog owner’s property when the attack occurred
- The dog owner had posted warning signs, including the words “bad dog,” unless the victim was under six years of age
In most cases, a dog attack on public property that causes injury will result in the dog’s owner being liable for the injury. It is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side if you are seriously injured in a dog attack to fight for your right to compensation.
Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Even one severe bite from a large dog can cause serious injury. In dog attacks, a victim may sustain several bites. These attacks can result in many different types of injuries that can have a large impact on the victim’s life. These include:
- Tearing of skin, tissue and muscle
- Fractured bones
- Infection and infectious diseases
- Disfiguring scarring/emotional trauma
If you are injured in a dog attack or have a child that was attacked by a vicious dog, you have legal rights. Contact our team at Ligori & Sanders Attorneys at Law to schedule a free consultation to discuss your dog bite claim. We will listen and give you legal advice on how to proceed. If we handle your dog attack lawsuit, we will work tirelessly to obtain the maximum compensation and restitution for your case.