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Dog Attacks and Dog Bites


Gainesville Dog Attacks and Dog Bites Attorney

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Gainesville Dog Attacks and Dog Bites attorneys, of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., recognize that dog bites and dog attacks are a concern, not only in Florida, but throughout the nation. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by a dog each year. This figure is astounding, in comparison to the U.S. population.

Dog bite incidence rates are even more profound when considering the CDC’s estimates that a fifth of bites reported are serious enough to require medical attention. Yet, many  dog bites are never actually reported. Through promoting awareness and seeking just compensation for our clients, we whole-heartedly believe that together we can reduce the occurrence of such tragic, and often avoidable, accidents.

Most unfortunate of all is that many animal attacks are preventable. Far too often, dog attacks occur due to a person’s failure to properly secure a dog within their custody and control. This is particularly true in the case of dangerous and vicious dogs. Fortunately, under Florida law, a victim may generally recover for injuries sustained by a dog bite, even if the owner of the dog was unaware of the dog’s aggressive, vicious, or dangerous propensities.

Just a few of the types of Dog Attacks & Dog Bites cases are:

Florida is one of 35 states to hold dog owner’s strictly liable for injury or death caused by a dog attack. Pursuant to Florida Statute § 767.04, which provides in part:

The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.

It is important to note that Florida’s dog liability statutes are not limitless. Properly assessing liability requires evaluating the facts and details unique to a particular attack. Compensation for dog bite injuries is largely dependent on establishing liability, as well as whether or not liability will be apportioned. For example, Florida Statutes provide specific provisions in cases where the dog was provoked, or where the victim failed to obey a “Bad Dog” sign displayed on the owner’s property. A Florida Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Attorney, experienced in handling matters involving dog bites can address your legal rights and options.

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Dog bite victims should also consider potential sources of compensation. Often, there may be more than one source of compensation, depending on the circumstances of the dog attack. Injuries caused by dog bites may be covered under homeowner’s insurance policies. In other cases, the dog owner can be held personally liable, regardless of whether he or she has a homeowner’s policy. Some cases may involve the liability of a business, or even local or state government. A skilled Dog Bite Attorney can evaluate your matter and discuss which party or parties are most appropriate to make claims against.

If you were injured in a dog attack, the first priority is to seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, followed by discussing your legal rights with a Personal Injury Attorney experienced in dog bite injuries. In the tragic case that the dog attack has resulted in the death of a loved one, it is important that you speak with a lawyer experienced in the field of Wrongful Death as soon as is practicable following the incident. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury or loss. However, there may be time limitations to bring forth a claim. Our knowledgeable team of Gainesville Dog Attack Attorneys are dedicated to seeking the compensation you deserve.