Dog Bite Lawyers in Brevard County, FL
We Can Help You Recover Compensation
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
over four million people are bitten by dogs every year. Over 80,000 of
these victims require visits to the emergency room for their injuries,
including physical pain, reconstructive surgery, emotional trauma, and
more. Even worse, the most common victim of dog bites are children, whose
natural curiosity oftentimes overrides the necessary caution needed when
approaching strange animals.
Florida law section 767.04 mandates that the owner of a dog is liable for
the damages suffered by the bitten persons when the bitten person when
they are in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner’s property,
regardless of whether or not the dog had bitten anyone before or if the
dog owner had any prior indication of the dog’s viciousness. This
means that if you or a loved one have suffered a dog bite injury, you
can recover financial compensation to cover the aftermath of the injuries
you have suffered.
Florida’s “Dangerous Dog” Statute
Florida has taken
premises liability laws concerning dogs a step further by instituting what is known as the
dangerous dog statute. This declares that some dogs are inherently considered
dangerous and owners that have these pets must take additional consideration
and care in their ownership. Dangerous dogs must be registered with the
authorities, kept in a secured area at all times, and warnings must be
posted indicating the dangerous nature of the dog. The dog must be restrained
by a muzzle, a sturdy harness, and under the care of someone over the
age of 18.
In Brevard County, a dangerous dog is one that:
Bitten, attacked, endangered, or inflicted
personal injury on a human without provocation;
- Injured or killed a domestic animal off of its owner’s property;
- Menacingly chased or approached someone on public property; or
- Been used for or trained in dogfighting.
If a dangerous dog causes injury, the owner can be liable for personal
injury claims and criminal charges resulting from the actions. However,
under the “bad dog’ exception, a victim over the age of six
on the pet owner’s premises with clear signs stating the dangerous
nature of the dog may find recovering compensation to be more difficult.
Speaking with a skilled personal injury attorney in Melbourne can help
ensure that your rights are protected during this time and that you are
able to recover deserved compensation for your injuries.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With a Brevard County Dog Bite Attorney
The best way to prevent a dog bite injury is to know how to properly approach
and handle dogs you may encounter. Make sure that you never approach a
strange dog without the owner’s permission, let the dog sniff you
before petting, and never try and force a dog to be petted. Additionally,
make sure never to run away from a dog or bother the animal when it is
sleeping, eating, or taking care of its young. While these steps can help
prevent a serious injury, you may still need the help of a lawyer at Henderson
& Futchko, P.A.
With over 70 years of combined experience and over 2,500 clients represented
by our team, the experienced Brevard County personal injury attorneys
at our firm are here to help. To get started with, give our firm a call to
schedule your consult with our team.