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Dog Bite Injuries

Dog Bite Injuries

Approximately 5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. In the US, approximately 400,000 people require some sort of medical treatment. Further, approximately 12 people die each year from dog related attacks. The most common attackers are pit bulls and rottweilers. The most common people attacked are small children.

In light of the severity of the attacks, they are very traumatic and can inflect serious permanent injury. In many cases permanent scars are left as a result of the attack. There can be traumatic nerve damage, infection as well as psychological damages. Immediately obtaining the appropriate medical attention is critical in a dog bite case. In the State of Florida, a dog owner is liable for any injury their dog inflicts on a person. Florida Statute 767.04.

An injured victim of a dog bite is protected civilly within Florida under common law liability. Therefore, provided the injured person can prove that the dog owner’s negligence caused the injury, he or she can recover damages for medical expenses, permanent scarring, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.

When a dog bite incident occurs, it is important to take the appropriate steps to protect your rights. Contacting a qualified attorney is an immediate necessity. Our substantial prior experience in this area will ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to ensure the highest settlement for your injuries. A few simple initial procedures include taking pictures of where the dog bite attack occurred, the dog that attacked, the owners, the home, and of course the injuries sustained. You should allow the Firm to seek and contact any and all insurance carriers so as to protect and preserve your rights. Sometimes insurance companies will request you to sign documents that may waive your rights to future recoveries. That is why it is important to let your attorneys handle this aspect.  Please call the Firm at 561 748-8000 or email us at [email protected].


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