Here in Ocala we are dog friendly, and it’s not just the beautiful walking weather most of the year. The Second Chance and Scott Springs parks welcome dogs, and there’s the world-class Letty Towles dog park as well.
Of course, not all dogs have been fully trained and jump up on people when they’re excited. Serious injury can result from a dog knockdown. And then there are some dogs with short tempers or are overprotective. Dog bites can cause a lot of damage.
Sadly we see our share of injuries from dog bites and knockdowns in Ocala. If you were seriously injured by a dog in Ocala, calling Pam Olsen Law is the best thing you can do for yourself. Since 1992 Attorney Olsen has served the legal needs of the injured, helping them receive compensation for damages. She’s the right attorney to hire. Her phone number is (352) 671-9777.
We want to empower you with a solid understanding of Florida dog attack law.
A specific statute in Florida law deals specifically with dog bites. Essentially it says that the owner of a dog is responsible if their dog bites someone, even if the dog has never shown any aggression before. In other types of personal injury in order to win a claim you need to show the other person was negligent. With a dog bite in Florida, the owner is almost always automatically at fault. For the owner not to be held liable all of these would need to be true:
Interestingly, Florida law also holds dog owners responsible if their dog bites your personal property, such as livestock.
In dog attacks some of the damage is easy to see. It’s important to remember that less visible damage may have occurred. Here are the types of injuries dog bites cause:
Most successful dog bite claims involve experienced, adept legal representation. Once your injuries have been cared for by medical professionals, your best next move is to call Pam Olsen at (352) 671-9777.
The attack must be reported to the police. They will check the dog’s vaccination record. In Florida dogs must receive rabies vaccinations and a booster every 12 months. If the dog that bit you is overdue, it will be quarantined.
We need to have a thorough understanding about:
The goal here is to secure all useful evidence to powerfully support your claim.
Some of the damage from a dog bite has a definite monetary value, such as medical bills. Pam Olsen is experienced at calculating the full amount we should claim. Besides the physical pain and suffering, dog attacks can negatively impact your home and personal life, your stress levels, mental health and even money-earning potential.
We’ll look closely at all of the following:
Your primary focus after a dog attack should be recovery. Pam will handle the legal part including:
In Florida most dog attack claims must be made within 4 years of the event. If the dog attack was fatal, and you are the executor or assigned representative of the person attacked, wrongful death claims must be made within 2 years of when the person died.
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