Nicholas Quincy Abram Garvey, an 8-year-old boy, is at Broward General Medical Center recovering from his Deerfield Beach dog bite injuries he sustained when he was attacked by a pit bull-like canine this weekend. His mother says that he has approximately 30 inches of stitches on his body, including on his side, leg, ankle, and eyebrow.
Garvey was bitten multiple times. The Broward County dog attack took at around 6:40pm. While he and two friends were riding his bikes down a block. That is when the dog ran out of a yard and knocked him down.
Garvey’s two friends ran for help. Their grandmother, Sharon Haynes, ran out to rescue him. She used a chair to beat the dog away while she pulled Garvey into her home.
Florida Dog Bite Law
If you or someone you loved was injured in a Broward County dog bite incident, you should contact a Deerfield Beach personal injury law firm to find out about your legal options. Under Florida’s dog bite statute, there is strict liability imposed upon the owner of a dog that bites someone. It doesn’t matter whether or not the animal has a history of viciousness. That said if the person that was bitten contributed causing the South Florida dog attack, the owner’s liability can be lowered according to the percentage that the victim is determined to have played.
It is also important to note, however, that if a dog owner posted a “Bad Dog” warning on his/her property prior to the animal attacking on the grounds and the victim isn’t under age 6, then the owner likely will not be found liable. Under certain circumstances, the landlord of the property where the Florida dog attack happened can also be held liable even if he/she doesn’t own the dog but knew it was vicious and did not do enough to protect others.
Obviously, there are exceptions to every rule and each Florida dog bite case will have its unique situations and specific conditions. This is another reason why you should speak with an experienced Deerfield Beach injury law firm immediately.
Woman recalls fending off pit bull from Deerfield Beach boy, Sun-Sentinel, October 24, 2011
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