Handling Injury Claims Stemming from Dog Bites and Attacks in Orlando
If you live in Orange County or Osceola County, you likely see many dogs whenever you leave the house. Many households have dogs as beloved pets, and you can encounter dogs on a walk, in the park, at a neighbor’s house, and in many other places. While dogs can be friendly, they can also be unpredictable, and they have animal instincts. Sometimes, a dog can attack and bite you when you least expect it.
Florida law gives dog bites victims important legal rights, and you should always discuss how to proceed with an experienced dog bite lawyer in Orlando. Find out how our legal team at The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul, P.A. can help in your situation.
Strict Liability for Dog Owners
In the past, most states followed the “one bite law,” which largely let dog owners off the hook for the first time their dog showed aggression and bit someone. In recent times, however, most states have revamped their dog bite laws, Florida included. Florida now imposes strict liability on dog owners when their dog bites someone, with few exceptions.
Strict liability means that the dog owner should be responsible for the injuries caused by their dog, even if the dog showed no previous signs of aggression, and the owner was not negligent at the time. Dog owners can defend against liability by claiming:
- You were trespassing at the time of the dog bite
- You provoked the dog, which led to the attack
Learn How Our Skilled Dog Bite Lawyers in Orlando Can Help
The Law Offices of Jerrod Paul, P.A. works to ensure dog bite victims receive compensation for their medical bills and other losses. Always seek treatment after an injury, and then call 407.588.0343 or contact us online to speak with an Orlando dog bite attorney.