Attacked By a Dog? What You Need to Know about Florida Dog Bite Law

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Legally reviewed by:

Erik Abrahamson, J.D. August 07, 2014

Being attacked by a vicious dog can be a deeply terrifying experience that can quickly result in serious injuries.

Depending on how an incident took place, a dog owner may be held liable for injuries caused by an out of control pet.

If you’ve been injured by an unrestrained dog, an experienced Florida dog bite lawyer can explain how Florida dog bite laws may apply to your particular circumstances.

Under Florida dog bite laws, there are a handful of dog bite claims that may be appropriate when someone is seriously injured in a dog attack in the state of Florida, including:

  • Negligence may have occurred if a pet owner failed to execute a reasonable level of care in controlling his or her dog.
  • Negligence per se may be applicable when a victim is injured because an owner failed to comply with public safety statute or ordinance.
  • Scienter, or the “one bite rule,” may allow a victim to pursue compensation from a pet owner with a dog that has a known history of biting or trying to bite.
  • Intentional tort may protect a victim’s rights when a dog owner intentionally allows a pet to attack.

Dog bite victims may have a limited amount of time to file a claim

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a dog attack, it is important to understand that you may have a limited amount of time to file an injury claim. An experienced Florida dog bite lawyer can explain how these time limits may apply to your circumstance during a case evaluation.

Have you been a victim of a dog attack? Call our Florida dog bite lawyers today at 1-800-538-4878

Our Florida dog bite lawyers may be able to stand up for your rights if you’ve been seriously injured in by an uncontrolled dog in our area. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk now at 1-800-538-4878 to speak with a member of our injury law team and get started today.