Dog Bite Injuries
Dog attacks can lead to serious medical problems. There are more than four million dog bite attacks reported every year in the U.S., and numerous other incidents go unreported. Unfortunately, most dog bite victims are children. With that said, the majority of dog attacks happen at home or in a familiar setting with the dog belonging to the victim’s family or a friend. While most dogs or household pets may not show signs of aggressive behavior, enough aggravation may tempt even the most docile creatures to bite.
If you were attacked by a dog, it is important to act quickly so that you can gather as much helpful evidence as you can. As always, the first priority after an animal attack of any kind should be to seek medical attention at once. Useful evidence that can assist with your dog bite claim can include:
- The name of the dog and its owner
- The dog owner’s address
- Names and addresses belonging to any eye witnesses of the attack
- Photos and descriptions of any injuries
- Photos and descriptions of the location of the attack
- Medical evaluation from the treating physician describing any injuries
There are specific Florida laws that apply to dog bite cases. Dog owners in Florida are liable for injuries and losses should their dog attack another person on public or private property. It does not matter if the dog never exhibited aggressive behavior before, and it does not matter if the dog was on or off a leash. In fact, it is not even required to suffer from an actual bite to file a claim for damages; if a dog knocked you over or you fell running away from an aggressive dog, your injuries can still be covered. If a dog’s actions or behavior inflicted any injuries to yourself, your pet or damaged your property, the owner can be held liable for any damage their dog may have caused.
Dog bites and attacks can leave a victim suffering from serious injuries. Physical injuries can include:
- Broken Bones or Fractures
- Nerve Damage
On top of physical injuries, a victim of a dog bite or attack may suffer long-term psychological trauma including nightmares and a lasting fear of dogs or animals. Dog bites can require hefty medical expenses for plastic and reconstructive services. Even if you know the owner of a dog that attacked you or a loved one, you can still file a claim to receive compensation for your injuries. Sometimes this is your only choice if you have sustained extensive losses. Most homeowner insurance policies cover dog bites, so damages are usually paid through the insurance company. The Dog Bite Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help you recover compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional suffering, mental anguish, therapy costs and property damage.
If you need answers related to a dog bite injury in The Villages, contact Whittel & Melton today for a free initial evaluation of your case. We can assist with dog bite claims throughout Lake, Sumter and Marion Counties. Contact us online or call 352-369-5334.