Articles Tagged with Florida child injury

NX_dog_pointer_headprofileIn every Florida community, there are dogs. A dog is commonly referred to as man’s best friend. Dogs are wonderful companions and considered part of the family. Unfortunately for some children, a dog can be viewed as a mean and vicious animal that is dangerous.   A child can be significantly traumatized as a result of a dog bite or dog attack. Some dogs are vicious by nature. Some unfortunately are taught to be vicious.  Most domestic dogs are kind animals but, as animals, a bite or attack can still happen at any time.  A dog could get scared or agitated by a certain sound or smell.  Some dogs, for reasons unknown, just do not like children.  As smart as dogs can be, they are still animals that, at times, take action to protect themselves or protect their owners if they feel threatened in a certain manner.   For some dog owners, the fact that the dog bit or attacked a person comes as a total surprise. For others, it is no surprise at all since the dog previously attacked or bit a person.   
Florida, like some other states, has a strict liability law in place for dog bites or dog attacks.  Prior notice of aggressive behavior is not a requisite to pursue a claim or case.   A dog bite victim need only show that a dog attack took place.  There are some limited exceptions to this general law or rule. For instance, if the child is a trespasser who then is bitten, there may be a defense to an action or a case brought on behalf of the dog bite victim. 
Section 767.04, Florida Statutes provides the following:

Carousel Personal InjuryEvery year, millions of children visit Florida theme parks, water parks, amusement parks, and attractions. For most people, the experience is a positive one and often leads to memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately for some children,  water parks and theme parks are also the sites of serious personal injuries. Some children even die while visiting a theme park, amusement park, attraction, or water park.  What are the legal rights of the child or family of a child when there is an injury to a child at one of these Florida vacation spots or attractions?  It should be noted that theme parks, property owners, management companies, and tenants are not absolute insurers of the safety of a child.  In other words, just becase an injury takes place on premises does not mean that the owner, operator, or management company is liable for the injury sustained by the child. Each case should be should be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances.
Here are some questions arise when a child suffers personal injuries at a  theme park, attraction, amusement park, or water park.
What were the circumstances leading to the injury?