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Fort Lauderdale Dog Bite Lawyer

Vicious Dog

For a person who is victimized by a critical dog bite injury, the physical pain is matched only from the psychological trauma. The terrifying sight of an attacking dog can cause deep, long-term psychological issues that require professional treatment.

Virtually 32,000 of the victims of dog bites needed reconstructive surgery.  The most likely victims are kids between the ages of 5-9.

It should come as no surprise that dog bites occur most frequently in families with a dog and that dogs regularly will attack another member of the household. Many are under the misconception that only so-called "competitive" strains, like the Pit Bull or Rottweiler, are prone to attack people. The fact is that even the most loving, mild-mannered family pet can abruptly become agitated enough to attack a family member, which, unfortunately, is frequently a defenseless child. The truth is, 79% of dog attacks happen to a member of the family, in the family home.

Dog Bite Accidents - Reducing Your Risk

Several tips are provided by the CDC for avoiding becoming killed or injured with a dog attack:

  • If approached by an unknown dog, remain still
  • Never bother a dog that is eating, sleeping, or is caring for their pups
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog

However, a dog can attack under many conditions. A neighborhood dog can break a leash, jump a fence or otherwise get free, and assault a passerby or landlord.  A negligent dog owner may neglect to properly secure a dog. No matter the scenario, there is really little known as to precisely why a dog unexpectedly attacks. You can find cases of dog bite fatalities - again, most involving kids - in which everyone involved says precisely the same thing in the deposition; the dog was a long-time family pet that never bit anyone in the past.

Florida is a strict liability state, meaning dog owners could be held responsible for a dog assault even when the dog has no history of aggression. Common negligence and negligence per se are just two legal grounds offering the resources to create a fiscal recovery to a victim. Negligence per se deals with a violation of a law, like an area leash ordinance, that results in a dog attack. Florida law does provide for a reduction in a victim's capability to regain damages in cases where he/she is decided to be somewhat at fault. Nonetheless, children under the age of 6 have already been established to be legally incapable of contributory negligence and cannot be deemed at fault in a dog attack.

Should you or someone you love be injured or killed in a dog attack, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Injury Firm are ready to help. We understand that a dog assault frequently involves a treasured family pet or the pet of a neighbor or family member. In such instances, we are able to assist you and the owner in as amicable a fashion as you can to submit a claim from the homeowner's insurance. Nevertheless, it is important to file a claim when you can in the wake of a dog bite attack. Medical complications, including infection and scarring, are common and emotional difficulties, particularly in elderly adults or young children, often lead to long term expense for treatment and care.

In the event you or a family member has been attacked by a dog, call now to schedule a free, no-obligation appointment to talk about your legal rights with an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer: 954-951-0000.


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