Although many of us here in Central Florida own and love their dogs, being a responsible dog owner requires that dog owners keep their pets under control at all times. This is especially true of dogs with a history of biting. Under Florida Statute Chapter 767, however, a dog owner is often held strictly liable for their dog biting or attacking a person regardless of prior bad acts or bites. That liability would apply to all injuries and medical care required and the significant emotional trauma that often results from a dog attack. This also includes liability for both dog bites and dog attacks with physical contact not including bites, although there are some exceptions to that strict liability for anyone over the age of 6. Those exceptions include when the individual who was bitten was trespassing and a “bad dog” sign was posted. When the individual who was bitten was teasing the dog in question, or when their negligence was a “proximate cause of the biting incident”. In those situations, knowledge of the law is key as liability can be disputed and damages may be reduced if the proper evidence is not brought.
Mr. Smith has successfully handled many dog bite claims in Orlando and Central Florida and is familiar with the applicable Florida Statutes, case law and insurance coverage issues usually encountered. He also understands the importance of protecting your rights by starting an immediate investigation into the attack to confirm the dog’s owner and to determine the extent of their financial responsibility or insurance coverage.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, it is vital to contact a dog bite attorney immediately to preserve your rights and to determine your legal options. Handling dog bites cases in Orlando and Central Florida for years, attorney Chuck Smith provides attentive and personalized representation. If you retain C.W. Smith Law, P.A., your legal matters and concerns will be handled by Mr. Smith himself. Most dog bite cases in Florida can be handled by C.W. Smith Law, P.A. on a contingency basis, meaning that no fees or costs would be owed or paid unless a recovery is made.
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Our office is located in downtown Orlando, North of State Road 50 just off 124A E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32801.
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