People have dogs for a number of reasons. Some adopt a puppy for a son or daughter. Some are interested in the companionship and personality traits of a particular breed of dog. Still others adopt more aggressive types of dogs for protection.
There are many breeds of dogs known to be aggressive, such as:
- Pit bulls
- Doberman Pinschers
Some pet owners have adopted these breeds, raised them, and experienced zero aggressive or violent behavior. However, sometimes even well-trained dogs turn violent unexpectedly, as do those from more docile breeds. Some do so to protect their owners, but some are simply large dogs who get too playful with humans. These include labs, sheepdogs, poodles, bulldogs, schnauzers, and terriers.
Dog Owner Liability in the State of Florida
In Florida, dog owners, cat owners, and people with pets in general are expected to care for and maintain control of their animals. If they fail to prevent an animal attack on someone, they can be held legally liable for their actions.
The Florida dog bite laws are so stringent that many dog owners purchase insurance to cover all damage committed by their dogs. Regardless of whether the owner has this insurance, he or she will still be held liable for owning a violent dog. The case against the owner is especially strong if the dog was aggressive toward humans in the past.
Jacksonville Area Animal Bite Lawyer
At the personal injury Law Office of Craig Gibbs, we pursue monetary damages for dog bite victims, as well as for those who are attacked by other animals, such as cats or exotic pets (pythons, boa constrictors, crocodiles, and alligators).
Dog attacks are physically disfiguring and emotionally traumatic, and the most common victims are kids. Dogs tend to bite children in the face, leaving them with permanent scars. Our team represents those who have been mauled or attacked by unrestrained dogs, fighting to get compensation for their damages including medical treatment, E.R. visit, hospital bills, reconstructive surgeries, and pain and suffering.
We use every resource at our disposal to hold owners accountable for violent dogs. We also pursue wrongful death cases in instances where a dog has caused the death of a child or family member.
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If you or a loved one experienced a dog attack resulting in injuries to the fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms, legs, or face, please take a minute to call us. You may speak with an experienced dog bite attorney personally. Contact the law firm of Craig Gibbs at 904-396-4499 or fill out the simple contact form on this site. Your initial consultation is completely free.