Florida Dog Bite
As a person who has been injured in a dog bite accident in Florida you may not know that the window of opportunity to file a claim against the dog's owner is very small. According to our Florida Dog Bite Injury Lawyer team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, these types of personal injury cases can be extremely difficult and complicated. Florida's laws don't recognize a negligent animal, but they do recognize negligence on the part of the animal's owner. Proving negligence, however, can be a difficult task, which is why it's important for victims to consult with our Florida Personal Injury Lawyer team if they plan to move forward with a compensation claim.
A person who harbors a dangerous animal may be required to pay fines and civil penalties, as well as compensation to cover the victim's expenses. In addition, the animal's owner may have to pay for the victim's lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses associated with their injury. In some cases, these forms of compensation aren't enough, and our Florida Dog Bite Injury Lawyer team will request punitive damages on top of the other damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the offender and, hopefully, deter any future carelessness or negligence. Punitive damages are oftentimes sought in personal injury cases, such as slip and fall accident cases, car accident cases, medical malpractice cases and wrongful death cases.
If you hope to be successful in your case against a negligent dog owner, your Florida Dog Bite Injury Lawyer will have to prove that the animal in question is a dangerous animal, that the owner knew about the dangers, and that the owner didn't do enough to protect the public from that danger. This is where these cases become complex and our lawyers will have to do a lot of investigation in order to determine the truth. An animal can be considered dangerous if it has a history of violent behavior, such as previous incidents of bites, chasing, snapping, etc. The law says that an animal can be classified as dangerous if it attacks without justification. Also, the victim's behavior will play a factor in any dog bite injury claim. Most courts won't allow for compensation if the dog bit a person while that person was teasing the dog or abusing it. In addition, an owner's liability can be difficult to prove as well. Simply chaining the dog or putting up a Beware of Dog sign isn't usually enough to prove that the owner was aware of the dog's propensity for viciousness.
Another factor that comes into play in dog bite injury cases is the severity of the injury and whether that injury was sustained by another animal or person. Severe injury is oftentimes classified as injury that causes disabilities, disfigurement or wrongful death. Compensation as well as fines will vary depending on these factors. In order for our Florida Personal Injury Lawyer team to establish that a dog is dangerous, they will have to investigate the dog's history and determine if there are any prior biting incidents or incidents of vicious behavior.
While recovering compensation from a dog bite injury case can be difficult, it's not impossible. Having our Florida Dog Bite Injury Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC working on your behalf can be an important step in your recovery. If you've been injured in a dog bite accident or any other type of personal injury accident, contact our lawyers to find out what your legal options are and to ensure that your legal rights are protected. You can find the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC throughout South Florida in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach.