Florida Animal & Dog Bite Injury Attorneys

As Florida animal and dog bite attorneys we have seen just about every type injury that can accidentally be caused by a dog or any other type of “domestic animal”. Florida statute defines a domestic animal as “any equine (horse) or bovine animal, goat, sheep, swine, domestic cat, dog, poultry, ostrich, emu, rhea, or other domesticated beast or bird. The term “animal,” as used in this chapter, shall include wild or game animals whenever necessary to effectively control or eradicate dangerous transmissible diseases or pests which threaten the agricultural interests of the state.”

In most cases the owner of a dog or any other domestic animal is “strictly liable” for any injuries or property damage caused by their animal. The basis for strict liability is that those who engage in certain kinds of activities do so at their own risk, and must pay for any damage that foreseeably results, even if the activity has been carried out in the most careful manner possible. According to our Florida animal and dog bite lawyers most dog bite attacks are caused by either pit bulls, dobermans or rotweillers. In addition to dog bites, a Florida dog owner can be held responsible if their dog knocks a person over, trips someone, or the dog causes or contributes to a person’s injury. For example, one of our Florida dog bite attorneys handled a case where our client was at someone’s house and accidently tripped over the dog. The dog owner was liable for the injuries sustained by our client. If a dog owner owns a home and has homeowner’s insurance, then it is possible that any injuries caused by the dog will be covered under the home owner’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, most homeowner’s insurance policies exclude coverage for damages caused by a dog.

In another interesting case our Florida dog bite lawyer sued a landlord in a rental complex after one of the tenant’s dogs attacked our client. Under Florida law a landlord has a duty to protect its tenants in connection with a vicious dog of which the landlord has knowledge. A landlord could potentially be held liable for a tenant’s dog if the landlord knows the dog is dangerous and has the ability to control the premises in order to protect the plaintiff. Cases against landlords for dog bites are difficult as the jury will usually find the owner of the dog responsible and not the landlord.

In addition to cases against dog owners, our Florida animal injury attorneys have represented clients that sustained injuries from a horse, goat, cat, and pig.

Check out our Resolved Case Examples on this page to read about some examples of animal related cases that our Florida Dog Bite and Animal injury attorneys have resolved.

Our Florida Animal or Dog Bite Injury Cases

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