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In Tampa, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for damages if the animal bites someone or causes other injury or property damage. However, there are limited statutory defenses to a dog bite claim and without a skilled injury attorney, you may not be fully compensated for the extent of harm. By working with a dedicated Tampa dog bite lawyer, you could ensure that you protect your rights throughout the claims process.
Dog Bite Liability
The state’s dog bite law provides that when any person is in a public place or lawfully on private property, the dog’s owner is responsible for injuries and associated losses if the dog attacks. It does not matter if the dog had never bitten anyone or displayed vicious behavior before. It does not matter if the dog was on or off a leash. In certain circumstances, a landlord or a third party who was taking care of the dog may be liable.
It also is not necessary to suffer an actual bite to claim damages. For instance, injuries incurred in a fall when a dog knocked you down or chased you would be covered. The owner is also liable if a dog killed or injured your pet or damaged your personal property.
Liability can also be called into question when it is proved that the animal was provoked persistently by an individual, or if a trespasser ignores a “beware of dog sign.”
Compensation for Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Children account for about half of all dog bites and often suffer serious injuries to the head, face, hands or arms, as well as a lasting fear of all dogs. Our Tampa dog bite lawyer pursues all entitled compensation for a dog attack, which could include:
Bite wounds and scratches
Fractures from a falling injury
Scarring and disfigurement
Nerve damage or infection from the bite
A Local Dog Bite Attorney Could be Your Ally
In the wake of an animal attack, you may be unsure how to proceed. Hospital bills may quickly pile up with few options for relief. However, a Tampa dog bite lawyer could represent you in and out of court, handling insurance companies and preserving your rights to compensation. Call right away to schedule a free consultation.