Vero Beach Dog Bites
Vero Beach Dog Bites Attorneys
Dog bites are many things to their victims: frightening, traumatic, painful, and in some cases quite serious. Dog bite victims may receive scarring, fractures, nerve damage, grave infections, and psychological damage. Most tragically, dozens of people are even killed every year in vicious dog attacks, with victims ranging from infants to senior citizens and every age in between. Most dog bites are preventable but occur when owners are careless or negligent in keeping or handling their animals, or when they actually train their dogs to be aggressive. In most cases, the reason does not matter. Dog owners in Florida are strictly liable when their animal attacks and injures a person.
As experienced personal injury lawyers, Lulich Attorneys & Consultants take on dog bites cases in Vero Beach to help victims get the care and compensation they need and deserve, and to ensure that steps are taken so dangerous animals do not attack again.
Important facts to know about Florida dog bite law
In Florida, dog owners are strictly liable for the injuries that result when their dog bites another person. “Strict liability” means the injury victim does not need to prove the owner was negligent; it is simply not relevant whether the owner was taking precautions or not. It also does not matter whether the owner had any previous knowledge that the dog was dangerous, vicious, or might bite somebody. If the attack occurred on public property or while the victim was lawfully on private property, this concept of strict liability applies.
Even under strict liability, however, the dog owner may still try to claim the victim was somehow responsible for the attack, such as by provoking the dog or behaving carelessly or recklessly around it. Any amount of blame that can be put on the victim can result in a proportional reduction in the amount of compensation awarded. Juries like to compromise when given the opportunity, so it is important to have an aggressive attorney on your side who will fight back hard to disprove allegations that you were somehow at fault in causing the attack.
Another way dog owners may escape liability is if they had a “bad dog” sign in their yard where the attack occurred. While the “bad dog” sign is a defense to strict liability, it still won’t excuse negligence on the owner’s part, such as allowing the dog to roam freely or on an unreasonably long leash in an unfenced yard. This defense also does not apply if the victim was under 6 years old.
Legal Help is Here for Serious Dog Bite Injuries in Vero Beach
At Lulich Attorneys & Consultants in Vero Beach, we fully understand the intricacies of Florida dog bite law and will work to get you the full amount of compensation you deserve. If you have been injured by a dog bite or animal attack in Vero Beach, call Lulich Attorneys & Consultants at 772-774-7771 for a free consultation regarding your potential claims.