Browsing: Dog Bite

In a report released in August 2018, it showed there are 4.7 million dog bites every single year (just within the United States). Considering the population currently sits at around 326 million, this means that one in every 69 will experience a dog bite each year. Of course, some bites will be smaller than others but it’s thought that 800,000 of these cases require medical attention of some sort. With this in mind, it’s important to know more about your rights and what happens after a dog bite. Potential Injuries From Dog Bites When we think of dog bites, the common injury is likely to be superficial wounds, cuts, and scrapes on the skin. However, the problem goes further than this because a dog bite can cause us to fall over, lose balance, and lead to other injuries such as…

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Dog Bites – A dog just ran up to you and bit your leg. After your shock wears off, you need to take steps to protect yourself in the event you need to file a claim – it’s not very different from the steps you would take following a car crash. All incidents of personal injury require the same level of quick reaction and diligence. Here are the top five things you should do immediately after the dog bite incident: Get the name and contact information of the dog owner or the people who were in control of the animal when it bit you. Grab ahold of witnesses. Get their names, address and contact information. Put your cell phone to use and take pictures of the wounds yourself or have someone else take the photos for you. See a doctor…

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Say you’re running along and an aggressive dog comes sprinting out from his front yard. If you run faster you may elicit a chase reflex, the same reflex triggered when a dog sees a cat or a squirrel run by. What you should do instead is face the dog and stand still, like a pole or a tree. Your arms can be folded in front of you so that you don’t accidentally swing them around. Most dogs that race to you even aggressively do not have the intention of biting; rather the charge, bark and growl are just a threat to get you to go away. When you stand still instead of continuing to move, they bark and back away and if you step towards them they back away faster. So once you’ve stopped and they realize you’re not going…

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Have you been the victim of a  dog bite in Fort Lauderdale? You’re not alone. According to statistics, Florida in recent years recorded the highest average number of dog bite claims, with 146 payments totaling $5.6 million, according to a November 2014 article in The Florida Bar Journal. “Every year more than 500 Florida residents are bitten severely enough to require hospitalization,” the article states. In addition, on average, two Floridians die due to injuries from dog bites. There are two Florida state statutes that govern dog bites. The first, 767.04, specifies that the dog owner is liable to compensate for injuries if the dog bites another person in a public place. The owner is also liable if the dog bite has occurred in a private place if the individual had a lawful right to be there: a letter carrier…

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