“Beware of Dog” – Is the Owner Protected from Lawsuit?
We have all seen them: “Beware of Dog” signs that are posted on exterior fences of local homes. The owner posts this to notify others that there is a dog on the premises. But if a dog does ends up attacking or biting a person, does that sign protect the owner from a lawsuit?
The answer can go both ways. Therefore, whether you are a dog owner posting the sign or an individual attacked on a property with a posted sign, then you should always consult an accident attorney in Daytona Beach. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, you may or may not have a case (or be protected from a lawsuit).
Sign Could Suggest You Knew the Dog was Vicious
As the dog’s owner, placing a sign is meant to protect yourself. And, depending on the circumstances, it may be up to the injured party to prove that you knew your dog was vicious (and a potential danger to society).
The injured party’s attorney could suggest that you knew the dog was vicious simply by putting up a “Beware of Dog” sign. Because you warned the public there was a dog on the property, it could be considered admitting guilt.
Naturally, the injured party will have to prove other items that show you knew your dog was a risk, such as neighbor complaints, a history of attacks in the past, and son on. But, while you may think the sign protects you, it could also be admitting guilt.
It is best to speak to an attorney if you are being accused of having a vicious dog. Because even though the plaintiff may claim posting a sign is your way of admitting guilt, your attorney can help argue otherwise.
Sign Gave Warning
The sign works both ways. If you were bitten by a dog on a property where there was a “Beware of Dog” sign, then the owner’s attorney could argue that you voluntarily assumed the risk and entered the property anyway.
Bitten by a Dog? Contact an Accident Attorney in Daytona Beach
The only way to protect yourself (as a dog owner or bite victim) is by speaking to an accident attorney in Daytona Beach.
Contact the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton today. If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, then you need aggressive representation in your case. We offer free consultations, so call us today at 386-274-2229.
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