Dogs may be man’s best friend, but even the most lovable canine companion can be turned into a dangerous dog. In most dog bite cases, a negligent dog owner or caretaker is ultimately responsible for any injuries.
Sadly, most dog bite cases involve children. Due in part to a child’s size, children have increased vulnerability to severe injuries, especially on or around the face. The dog bite personal injury attorneys at Best Law Firm Florida P.A. help Florida dog bite victims and their families recover the financial compensation they deserve and need to recover.
Dog Bite Injury Circumstances
A dog may attack for a number of reasons. Some dogs are trained for protection, including to respond violently. Other dogs become aggressive due to owner abuse or neglect. Other dogs become irritable with age or due to medical conditions. Often, owners will create circumstances in which others are placed in danger by a dog.
Dog bites can also occur in a wide variety of settings, from the owner’s property to a public street to a park. Unless your dog bite injury was due to criminal trespass or purposely taunting or abusing the dog, you may have grounds to seek financial compensation from the dog’s owner.
Compensation in Dog Bite Injury Cases
Dog attacks can cause serious physical and emotional trauma. Financial compensation for dog bite injuries can include money for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Plastic surgery
- Psychological counseling
Although state laws pertaining to dog bites vary, dog bite victims in every state can seek compensation from the person whose negligence caused the attack by violating leash laws, prohibiting their dog or dogs from running at large, causing a situation in which the dog poses a threat to others, or by knowingly maintaining a dog with a previous history of bites.
Steps Following a Dog Bite Injury
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, the following steps can help ensure you will have a viable dog bite injury claim and can receive the financial damages you need to recover:
- Seek immediate medical attention
- Report the attack
- Obtain contact information of witnesses if possible
- Identify the dog and owner if possible
- Take photos of your injuries and, if possible, the dog
- Do not give statements to the dog owner/caretaker or the owner’s insurance company; do not sign any insurance documentation
- Contact the Orlando dog bite injury attorney at Best Law Firm Florida P.A.
Florida has strict liability laws that hold owners responsible if their dogs bite an innocent person due to negligence.
If you’ve been injured or a family has been killed due to a dog attack, please contact the Orlando dog bite injury attorneys at Best Law Firm Florida P.A. for a free case evaluation.