An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the nation each year and
approximately 800,000 people require medical attention for dog bite injuries.
The pain suffered by dog bite victims is often both physical and psychological damage that may require many months or even years of therapy to recover. This is especially true for children, who can be traumatized by even a minor injury from a dog bite.
While Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and other so-called vicious breeds are often associated with animal attacks, any breed of dog can cause serious, permanent injuries. Animal attacks can result in lacerations and puncture wounds and permanent scarring. Multiple surgeries, including plastic surgery, can be required to repair the damage. Dog bites can also cause serious infections, including rabies.
Florida laws hold dog owners strictly responsible for the damages suffered by dog bite victims whether that victim is a person or any other domestic animal. If you were in a public place or legally on the dog owner’s property when the attack occurred, you are entitled to receive damages for your losses.
There are many legal, practical, and financial matters to handle when representing a dog bite victim. Insurance companies often times try to avoid or deny coverage for a dog bite incident. Some homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog bite related injuries, medical bills, and damages while other homeowner’s insurance policies do not.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in an animal attack, you have a right to recover financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income or wages, and more.