Jacksonville Dog Bite Attorney



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When a dog bites or attacks a person, the injuries can sometimes be severe, requiring emergency and ongoing medical treatment. Scars and disfigurement can occur in serious cases, and in the worst scenarios, victims may be killed. Children are often bitten by dogs after unknowingly provoking them.


Florida Dog Bite Attorney


Florida has a strict liability policy on dogbites. FL Statute 767.04. Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their pets do not cause harm to others. Florida's law of strict liability for dog bites states that, "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."


In most cases, the dog owner's homeowner's insurance handles injury claims. If the dog attack happens while the victim is legally on private property (as an invited guest, to deliver mail, etc.) or while the victim is on public property, the dog owner is usually liable as long as the victim was not intentionally and persistently antagonizing the animal. There are special considerations if the dog owner is renting and has no home owner insurance. Can the landlord be responsible?


Handling a dog bite claim is a complex process. It will take an attorney considerable time and resources to completely gather all of the documentation, make a determination, and file the appropriate claim on you or your child's behalf. It is not an undertaking to be recommended to one who is not well versed in the complicated laws that govern such actions, and the documentation required to establish the true value of a claim.


Michael E. Seelie will gather the necessary data, and determined the extent of the injury and will know both the best way to proceed and the range of value the claim possesses.


Most dog bites occur to children. In Florida, financial recovery on behalf of a child in a dog bite injury claim is placed in a protective account until the child is 18 in most circumstances. Ensuring that the recovery for your child is maximized and properly structured to provide full benefit to your child's future is an extraordinarily important reason to seek legal counsel.

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