Not only can dog bites leave you or someone you love with severe and painful injuries and disfigurementst they can also take a significant toll on mental health, especially in young children. Unfortunately, due to inexperience, many dog bites involve children.
Florida law provides that the owner of the dog that attacks in bites another is liable for all damages and injuries suffered by the person bitten including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and compensation for disfiguring scars.
Our dedicated personal injury attorneys will guide you through the process, ensuring you receive fair compensation. Call a compassionate Sarasota dog bite lawyer at our firm to learn more about pursuing a claim.
Although dog bites are common, those leading to life-threatening or fatal injuries are less common. Frequently dog attacks leave people with injuries that may not heal without medical intervention. The consequences of severe bites can have a lasting impact on someone’s life.
Common injuries seen in dog bite lawsuits include:
Even minor cuts and lacerations could lead to severe infection with life-threatening consequences. Therefore, anyone bitten or attacked by a dog must wash the wounds immediately seek medical attention. We also recommend that law enforcement or animal control authorities be immediately noticed of the attack.
If someone experiences symptoms of infection, they should seek help from a professional healthcare provider immediately. A dog attack attorney in Sarasota could use their medical records as evidence in a legal claim.
While much of the country follows a “one bite rule,” Florida regulations adhere to a strict liability rule for damages from dog attacks or bites. Per the instruction given by Florida Statutes § 767.04, the owner is responsible for the damages when someone is attacked in a public place or legally enters a private property. They must pay for medical care and other losses regardless of whether the animal has a history of aggressiveness or vicious behavior unless the evidence demonstrates that the injured person was trespassing or provoked the attack.
Persons injured by dog attacks are entitled to many damages including monies for:
Persons sustaining severe injuries will likely suffer the impacts of that attack for many years if not the rest of their life and are entitled to recover monies commensurate to the depth and extent of their losses.
While we all love our dogs, it is also important to be attentive to the fact that a dog will attack when threatened or approached by strangers. Responsible dog owners protect them dogs from being exposed to threatening conditions. Call our experienced Sarasota dog bite lawyers today to schedule a consultation so that we can get started on your case.