Animal Attacks Can Be Devastating
Have you or any of your family members ever been attacked by an animal? Animal attacks do not happen everyday but when they do, it is almost always an uncomfortable and painful experience. Due to instinctive reasons, animals attack people and cause serious injury or in some unfortunate cases, death. Most animals have owners, and those owners are responsible for ensuring that their pets or livestock do not hurt other people.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an animal attack, it is important to know your legal entitlements so you can be granted compensation and help to recover the damages incurred.
While animal attacks from dogs are the most common, other animal can also cause harm. There are also the cats, birds, ferrets, alligators, snakes, and lions. Both domestic and wild animals have the potential to harm you or your children. So how would you know if you can hold an owner liable for the damages?
How to Know if You Can Hold an Owner Liable
Should the animal attack leave you with severe scars and physical damage, especially enduring ones, you have the right to take action against the owner or keeper. Some animal keepers do not have the proper permit to own these creatures in the first place or fail to put them in a safe and secure containment. It is imperative to have your case analyzed so your options can be explained to you.
If you were able to seek medical attention immediately after the incident happened, a lawyer would be able to assess the possibility of a legal claim and which damages you can recover. A serious injury that requires hospitalization or and extended hospital stay could merit a case settlement. Hospital and medical bills, however big or small they are, can also be recovered. It is important to work with an experienced animal bite lawyer that will ask you about all the details surrounding the animal attack.
Here are crucial lawsuit preparations:
Make sure to document the injuries through pictures from the time it took place until full recovery.
Keep all records and paperwork relating to medical assessments, doctor’s prescriptions, and the like.
Check for any witnesses then contact them and obtain their statements if you can.
Preserve the clothing you wore during the animal attack and save other physical evidences to corroborate your claim.
Florida Case Reinforcement
In other states, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the owner has knowledge of the aggressive nature of the animal. In Florida law however, owners can still be held liable even if he or she did not know that the animal has the tendency to attack or when there were incidents of hostility in the past. On the other hand, you have to make sure that you were not trespassing on the property of the owner when you were attacked. Compensation can be dropped or lowered otherwise.
As for wild animals, they are treated like dangerous dogs in Florida, so an owner keeping the animal on their own property can be held liable when that animal causes harm and injury.
How Can The Bennett Law Center Help?
The Bennett Law Center is committed to representing individuals who have been harmed in animal attacks. The best way to know if you can hold an owner liable for any injuries is to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. We can help make the recovery process less excruciating by taking the proper legal action. Due to the time limit for filing these types of lawsuits, it is important that you act swiftly to receive the compensation that is owed to you.