Dog Bites

Injury Law Attorney

There are two separate statutes in Florida making dog owners liable for the action of their dogs: the Dog Bite Statute and the Dog Injury Statute. Under the Dog Bite law, the owner is strictly liable for any injuries due to a dog bite. Under the Dog Injury law, the owner is strictly liable for damages not caused by dog bites.

The Dog Bite Law requires that the owner of a dog be held strictly liable for injuries caused by a dog bite. However, for this law to apply, the dog bite must occur while the person is but in a public place or while lawfully on or in a private place. A person is considered to be lawfully on the private property of a dog owner if the property is entered while performing a lawful duty. Therefore, if a postal worker, firefighter, or police officer is bit on the owner?s property, the owner is strictly liable. Also, a person is considered to be lawfully on the private property of a dog owner if the person is expressly or impliedly invited by the owner. There are three types of people who go onto someone?s property: an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. Trespassers cannot recover for injuries suffered from a dog bite An invitee is a person who is have an express or implied invitation to go onto someone?s property. Invitees are able to recover for their injuries. The statute is vague about whether an uninvited licensee is able to file a claim under this statute An example of an uninvited licensee is a door to door salesman. It is important to contact an experienced dog bite injury attorney if you are bitten to see if you are covered or excluded from the status of people covered under the dog bite statute.

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Florida is a no fault state. What this means is that if you are ever injured in an automobile accident, you need to make a claim against your own policy, regardless of who is at fault. The PIP provisions of your own car insurance must pay for 80 percent of the first $10,000 of your medical bills. Because of Florida No-Fault laws, people injured in car accidents are able to get treated immediately

without the need for having to argue over who is responsible for the accident. However, if there is permanent injury, a person injured in a car accident can sue the other driver. An experienced car accident injury lawyer can help you understand your insurance policy.

If you have suffered permanent injury as a result of the car accident, you can file a lawsuit against the other driver

if they were negligent. In order to prove a lawsuit for negligence, your car accident injury lawyer will have to prove that the other driver did not act reasonably and that the accident and your injuries were caused by the other driver?s negligence. You will be able to make a claim for past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and past and future pain and suffering.

If the other party has no insurance or are under-insured you can make a claim against your own insurance policy if you have an uninsured motorist policy.

After your PIP benefits expire, there are normally two ways that your medical providers are paid while your case is pending. If you have health insurance, your health insurance will pay your medical bills while the case is

pending. However, they will have a lien on any monies paid out of the recovery of your lawsuit. Another way for you to receive treatment is for your car accident injury attorney to give a Letter or Protection to your medical providers. This is like an IOU which promises to pay your doctors out of the proceeds of the settlement of your case.

Under Florida Law, your car

accident injury lawyer has four years to file a law suit under the Florida Statute of Limitations. However, prior to that time, once your doctor has concluded that you have reached your maximum medical improvement, your car accident injury attorney will attempt to reach a settlement with the other party?s insurance carrier. This is called the pre-sue stage. This is beneficial

to you because the insurance company would not have hired an attorney to defend the action at this stage. It would allow for a settlement without incurring litigation and expert expenses.During this stage we will do everything in our power to get you the best possible settlement. However, if negotiations are unable to reach a fair settlement, your car accident injury lawyer

would have file a lawsuit. This is called the in-suit stage and would involve preparing the case for an eventual jury trial.

If you are involved in a car accident in Clearwater, New Port Richey, or anywhere else in the Tampa Bay area, don't hesitate to call an experienced car accident injury attorney. We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS and you to not have to pay for the

services of your car accident injury lawyer unless we win your case.