Florida relies on tourism to support the state's economy. Many hotels permit their guest to bring their dogs along, but typically the dogs must be restrained or leashed when in the hotel's public spaces.
Recently, in Connecticut, a woman was seriously injured when attacked in a hotel hallway by another guest's dog. The victim was visiting a friend who was staying in the hotel. The friend was taking care of a relative's pit bull.
The victim suffered serious injuries, and the other woman was reportedly having a difficult time keeping control of the pit bull. The police officer who responded to the scene also had to fight off the dog. When the animal latched onto his arm, he shot the dog. The dog survived the gun shot and was removed from the hotel without anyone else getting hurt.
The dog is under quarantine, and authorities were working to find the owner in an attempt to find out if it had ever done this in the past. The owner of the dog that was responsible for the serious injury suffered by the woman may be held liable for the damages caused, such as medical bills of the victim. In Florida, there are strict liability laws that typically make the owners financially responsible for the damages caused by an unprovoked dog attack. The fate of the dog may also be in question if it is deemed dangerous or vicious by authorities.
If injured by a dog in Florida, you need to find competent injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our office has handled claims arising from dog bite injuries. We represent clients in cases throughout Florida, including the metropolitan areas of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Ft. Myers and West Palm Beach. Steven Meyer is board certified by The Florida Bar in civil trial law. This means that he is designated as an expert attorney in handling civil trial matters. Dog bite injuries fall within this area of the law.
There are strict time limits for bringing any sort of injury claim in Florida. Consult an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Our office offers a free initial consultation and we would be happy to speak with you about any Florida injury issue, including injuries arising from car, motorcycle or truck accidents, hotel or resort injuries, and cruise ship injuries.