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Over 65 million U.S. households own a dog, making canine companions the most popular pet in the U.S. But when the unthinkable happens and a dog bites, it can turn “man’s best friend” into your worst nightmare.
Why Choose The Dog Bite Lawyers at Riverview?
That’s why the Franchi Law team is here to help you in your time of need. William Franchi works with you to help you get maximum compensation in your Riverview dog bite case. After recovering millions during his career, his dedication to the law is one of the reasons Riverview residents choose to work with us.
Schedule your free, no-obligation Riverview dog bite consultation and case review today by booking online or calling 813-800-4LAW today.
Understanding Dog Bites in Riverview
Many individuals think that dogs bite out of pure malice or because they were trained to be exceptionally aggressive. While that can be true, this simplification largely misses the nuances in most dog bite cases.
One of the most common misconceptions about Florida dog bites is that only “bad” breeds bite. That is proven to be completely untrue by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA). All dog breeds can bite if the conditions are right.
Often dogs bite because they are not happy. A dog can bite because it is frightened, startled, feeling protective, or even sick according to AMVA. Additionally, dogs can bite playfully when playing in an aggressive manner.
Exploring Liability In Florida Dog Bite Cases
In Florida, like many states across the country, dog owners are held completely liable for any injuries caused by their pets – known as strict liability. This means that regardless of whether the owner knew or should have known of their dog’s tendency to bite, they are responsible for any harm caused by the animal.
Under strict liability, no consideration is given to the breed of the dog or former aggressive behavior (besides biting or chasing individuals). If a dog owner knows their dog is ferocious, they must keep the animal leashed in public or display a sign on their property indicating the dog is a danger to others.
It is important to note that the strict liability rule applies only to injuries caused by dog bites and not to other types of injuries or damages caused by a dog.
Dog Bite Statute Of Limitations
In Florida, the statute of limitations for bringing a dog bite case against a negligent owner is four years from the discovery of the injuries. While this sounds like a long time, that can go by fairly quickly.
Even worse, an insurance company can decide to hold the time you take to file a claim against you, implying that your injuries weren’t severe if you don’t file your claim as soon as you experience the injuries.
So to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more, it’s best to file a case sooner rather than later.
Get the Compensation You Deserve With Franchi Law By Your Side
Don’t delay working on your Riverview dog bite case. Time is of the essence, and our team of personal injury lawyers in Riverview are ready to help you or your loved one navigate the aftermath of a dog bite.
Call 813-800-4LAW or visit our online consultation scheduling page to get your Riverview dog bite case review today.