We all love our dogs. They provide us companionship, loyalty, and protection. Dogs truly are man’s best friend. Although there are many different breeds and each breed has its own peculiar habits and disposition, dog owners must be vigilant in their management and supervision of their animals. Veterinarians, dog trainers, and the Humane Society of Broward County all recommend that owners use common sense methods of securing their animals to prevent dog bites. If you’ve been hurt due to the negligence of a dog owner, you need a Plantation dog bite lawyer on your side.

Unfortunately, Plantation and Pembroke Pines are home to many illegal dog fighting operations. Even though Pit Bulls (which are outlawed in Miami-Dade County) and Rottweilers are the breeds most commonly associated with deadly attacks, it is generally due to the fact that these dogs have owners who are recklessly training them for dog fighting. But it is not just Pit Bulls and Rottweilers that attack people. Even though a dog parent has followed the proper guidelines, the calmest animal with absolutely no history of aggressive behavior is still capable of inflicting life-threatening harm. Facial and abdominal lacerations requiring reconstructive surgery are the most common types of injuries that occur from dog bites in Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Hollywood and Weston.

Personal Injury & Insurance Disputes

According to the state statute… Florida Statute Section 767.01 Dog Owner’s liability for damages to persons, domestic animals, or livestock legally mandates that "owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person or to any animal included in the definitions of “domestic animal” and “livestock” as provided by s. 585.01". This means that an owner does not have even "one free bite" before he or she is strictly liable for injuries and damages caused by his or her dog.

The Pembroke Pines and Plantation dog bite attorneys at the Ellsley Law Firm recommend that each and every pet owner thoroughly read his or her homeowner’s or renter’s liability insurance policy and confirm with the insurance company that he or she is fully insured for each dog breed that is living at the home or on the property. Many times, people erroneously believe that they have liability insurance coverage for their dog, when in truth they never obtained that coverage. In Plantation, Pembroke Pines or Davie, contact our dog bite attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consult. Our personal injury law attorneys also represent clients in Cooper City.




FLORIDA DOG BITE FAQs

Does Plantation have leash laws for dogs?

Yes, but it's not a city law. Local leash laws are mandated by Broward County. In Plantation, Pembroke Pines and Davie, a dogs must be controlled at all times by owners while away from the owner's property.

Who can I sue if I'm bitten by a stray dog?

Unfortunately, if no owner can be identified, you likely wouldn't have a case, unless there are other factors in which liability can be determined. One such example is if the dog escaped from an animal shelter or kennel. Your dog bite lawyer could argue that the shelter or kennel did not exercise proper care in securing the animal, which led to pain and suffering.

Is Florida a 'strict liability' state?

Yes, Florida is a 'strict liability' state, meaning that a dog owner could be held liable if his or her canine causes harm to another person. It is not necessary to prove that the owner was negligent in order to prevail in a Florida dog bite case.