Understanding Negligence Per Se | Following a Florida Dog Bite Attack

In order to benefit victims of Florida dog bites, the state provides various means to recover compensation for dog bite injuries. One such method for obtaining compensation is to argue that the individual liable is guilty of “negligence per se.” This is also known as negligence as a matter of law. If you were injured in an attack by a dog, contact a knowledgeable Gainesville dog bite lawyer who can help protect your legal rights.

The following are four examples of instances where a theory of negligence per se could potentially be used to obtain compensation following a Florida dog bite attack:

  1. The bite occurred because the dog owner violated a statute, ordinance, or regulation enacted to protect the safety of the public.
  2. The bite occurred because the dog owner violated local leash laws.
  3. The bite occurred because the dog owner allowed their animal to trespass.
  4. The bite occurred because of a non-traffic penal statute.

If the injury that was suffered resulted directly from the dog bite, and the statute that was violated was designed to cover the class of person who was injured, the victim may be entitled to receive compensation under a claim for negligence per se. The statute, ordinance, or regulation must also have been enacted to prevent the type of injury that occurred.

Obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for injuries following a dog bite is dependent upon the skill and knowledge of your legal professional. An experienced Gainesville dog bite attorney with a thorough understanding of the liability laws in the state of Florida can help to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. For more information, call our office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case: (800) 373-8000.