Florida Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs are considered man’s best friend, but dangerous dogs are a public menace and an increasingly widespread problem. Each year, more than 4.5 million Americans get bitten by a dog, and more than half of these victims are children. The owner of a dog that bites any person lawfully visiting the property of the dog owner or in a public place may be legally liable for dog bite injuries.
If you or a family member has been attacked by a dog, it’s important to understand whether the dog’s owner should be held responsible for your injury. Talk to a caring dog bite injury lawyer to understand your legal rights.
Attorney Philip DeBerard has more than three decades of experience helping individuals and families recover from serious injuries caused by the negligence of others, including vicious dog attacks and dog bites. Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, concentrates on helping dog bite victims in South Florida and the Treasure Coast. We want to help you recover compensation for your losses.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured by a dog bite, call us today toll-free at 1-800-299-8878 to speak with an attorney or submit our online contact form. Our initial consultations are always free.
What You Need to Know About Dog Bites
Florida has a “strict liability” rule on dog bites. In the Sunshine State, the owner of a dog that bites any person lawfully visiting the property of the dog owner or in a public place is liable for the injuries suffered by the dog bite victim. The dog owner is legally responsible even if they had no prior knowledge of the dog’s viciousness.
Under Florida law, dog bites result from the failure of the owner to confine, properly train, and control their dog. Some careless actions by the dog bite victim may reduce the dog owner’s liability.
The incidence of dog bite injuries is highest for children ages 5 to 9 years old, and they are most often attacked on the head and neck. Infants and very young children should never be left alone with dogs. Dog owners may be held liable for dog attacks on small children even if the child taunted or baited the dog before the attack.
Owners of dogs previously reported as dangerous may face criminal misdemeanor charges if the dangerous dog bites or attacks another person. The dangerous dog owner can be held civilly liable as well for the vicious dog.
Contact a Knowledgeable Florida Dog Attack Attorney
It’s important to understand your rights after a serious dog bite or dog attack. That is why it is important to get in touch with a lawyer who understands these cases and has experience helping victims.
For more than three decades, attorney Philip DeBerard has focused his legal practice on representing victims of serious accidents and personal injuries caused by the negligence of others. His legal skill has received the highest AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the most recognized national legal directory.
Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, takes pride in providing caring, one-on-one service to clients across South Florida and the Treasure Coast and have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.
We can evaluate your dog bite injury case at no charge and offer guidance. If we go to work for you, we will not charge any fees or costs unless we secure compensation for you. Learn more by calling us today at 1-800-299-8878 or sending in our online contact form.
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