A Dog Recently Bit Me in Florida, But the Landlord is Claiming I Was Trespassing. What Should I Do?
One argument that a landlord may use to try to escape liability following a Florida dog bite is to claim that you entered the property without permission. If this is the case, it is vital that you seek the guidance of an experienced Gainesville dog bite lawyer. Your attorney can help to assess the facts and circumstances surrounding the bite to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Some of the factors that the lawyer will consider include:
- Did the landlord give the tenant permission to keep the dog on the premises?
- Was there language in the lease agreement relating to dogs?
- Did the landlord know that the dog was dangerous?
- Did the landlord take reasonable measures to prevent dog bite injuries?
- Where on the property did the dog bite occur?
- Were you invited to come onto the property?
- What was your purpose for being on the property?
- Did you exceed your invitation by entering an area of the property where you were not supposed to or expected to go?
Often, the answer as to whether or not the landlord is liable may not be clear. In order to protect your legal rights, an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional should be brought in to look out for your best interests. To learn more about whether you have a claim for damages against a landlord following an injury, contact an experienced Gainesville dog bite attorney today. Call Jeffrey Meldon & Associates at our toll free number, 800-373-8000, for a free consultation.
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