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What to do if a dog bites you

If you are bitten by a dog, chances are you may feel you can defend yourself by simply showing the bite marks in court. Dog bite cases are much more complex than simply showing you were a victim of a dog bite. While dog bite cases vary from state to state, Florida law is clear about its stance on the case when taken to court. If a person is bitten while in a public setting, the dog owner is always responsible. If a person is bitten on the owner’s private property, the owner may still be liable if the victim was there lawfully. This liability extends to any amount of suffering the victim may have endured, regardless of the dog’s past behavior or any ignorance of the dog’s viciousness. In regards to dog bite laws, Florida is a comparative negligence state, which means that if the victim did not exercise due care, or in fact took part in taunting the dog which resulted in the attack, the victim is partially liable and their full coverage of medical expenses will not be granted by the dog owner.

Does Florida have a one-bite rule?

The one-bite rule excuses the first bite ever recorded by a dog so that afterward the owner becomes aware that the dog may act in a dangerous way and must keep him from biting another person. Florida is one of the few states which does not exclude the first bite as being a warning to the owner. In addition to this, Florida is also a strict liability state, meaning that even if a person is legally on the owner’s private property and they are bitten, the owner is liable.

What happens if my dog bites someone in Florida?

Florida is quite strict when it comes to dog bites. Though your dog may be a first-time offender, Florida’s exclusion of the one-bite rule does not allow for any misconduct on your dog’s part and you will be held liable if your dog attacks. Victims may also attempt to sue for an intentional tort, which would only be possible if you instructed your dog to attack another person. This is when the Scher and Scher Law Group comes in. Florida’s dog bite laws are extremely strict and rigid, yet complex. Hiring a lawyer from the Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. will contribute greatly to the assurance of justice being upheld.

How much is a dog bite settlement?

In 2018, State Farm concluded that the average settlement for a dog bite claim came out to around $39,000. However, now we have to wonder- who is keeping this money? Well, to put it into perspective, when a victim makes a dog bite claim to their insurance company, they may receive less than a quarter of the settlement, and their insurance company keeps the rest. When you hire a lawyer from Scher and Scher, you will receive over ⅔ of the settlement amount. In the end, if you are injured by a dog bite either on another’s property which you were lawfully allowed to be on, in a public setting, and even if it was the dog’s first time biting at all, then you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies do not cover claims of traumatic mental experiences after a dog bite. If you experience any mental struggles after being bitten by a dog, present your case to the lawyers at Scher and Scher and we will review your case free of charge.

Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Hollywood, FL

The lawyers at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. have extensive background experience in the area of dog bites and the complex dog bite laws in Florida. With Florida being a comparative negligence state, enforcing strict liability and no one-bite rule, the laws around dog bites are tightly sealed and usually require the help of an injury attorney. When you go through the lawyers of Scher and Scher to handle your case, you will receive double the amount you may earn if you file a claim with your insurance company. It is important to understand that if you have not been bitten, you can still seek compensation. If you have been chased, knocked down, pounced on, etc. by a dog on public property, or on the owner’s property which you were lawfully allowed to be on, then you are entitled to compensation. Schedule your free consultation with the lawyers at Scher and Scher Law Group, P.A. and receive a case analysis and full review of your claim as if we have already taken it to court.

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