Dogs may make fantastic pets and companions, but they can also inflict devastating injuries when they decide to attack. There may be numerous reasons why a dog bites at a particular moment but, no matter why you were bitten by someone else’s dog, you could be entitled to recover monetary damages.
According to Florida Law, which is applicable in North Miami and surrounding areas:
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.
This excerpt from Statute 176.04 means that the dog owner is responsible for the injuries and damages inflicted by their pet, even when the dog has previously displayed no signs of being prone to attack. As such, dog owners in North Miami have a legal obligation to keep their dogs on a leash while in public, and securely contained within their property when at home.
However, North Miami residents may be considered partially responsible for the attack if they have acted in a manner which could be perceived as provocative by the dog. According to the same statute:
“… any negligence on the part of the person bitten that is a proximate cause of the biting incident reduces the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident.”
When you, or a loved one, have been injured in a dog bite attack, you need the outstanding legal knowledge and experience of Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A North Miami dog attack attorney.