Dog bites occur quite frequently and are often unprovoked, like the majority of accidents. These types of attacks can be dangerous even when the dog isn’t large. After all, children are some of the common victims of dog attacks, and even small dogs can leave them with terrible injuries. An adult may be better at fighting off a dog, but victims are often caught by surprise when a dog suddenly becomes violent.
Did You Know?
- Children between 1 and 9 years of age are at the highest risk for dog bites, with boys in this age group at a higher risk than girls
- Children under 10 years of age are more likely to be bitten on the head or neck than other age groups
- Each year, an average of 2 Floridians die from injuries due to dog bites
- Each year, over 600 Floridians are hospitalized due to injuries from dog bites
If you were bitten, the Florida Department of Health recommends that you:
- control the bleeding and wash the area of the bite with soap and water
- report the accident to your local county health department, animal control agency or police station
- seek medical attention ASAP
The Liability of Dog Owners
Recovering from the bite is only the first layer of problems. Dog bite injuries are not only physically damaging but can also be traumatizing that might isolate the victim. Because dog bites often involve dogs known to the victim and his relatives, the incident is more likely to divide people and result in a greater stress on the victim.
We could argue on the breed, the way the dog was educated, or even the whole concept of domesticating animals, but if dogs’ actions can’t be fixed by legislations, the behavior of their owners can. Even if the attack was an accident, there is often someone to blame: negligent dog owners.
Because a dog attack is often traumatizing and animal bites really painful, you may have trouble managing your legal claim and the many medical bills and consequences of lost wages that result from a dog bite attack. If you don’t know where to start, you should talk to a Tampa dog bite lawyer and share your questions and concerns.
We can help you recover by making a claim against the owner of the dog who injured you.
In Florida, dog owners face strict liability for injuries inflicted by their dog. What this means for you as the victim of a dog bite is that you can recover monetary compensation from the dog’s owner without needing to prove that the dog had a violent temperament, had bitten someone previously or that the dog’s owner was negligent. Once is enough.
The medical cost of a dog bite can be overwhelming, and effects of the dog bite can even lead to emotional turmoil depending on severity. Often there is insurance coverage under the dog owner’s homeowner’s policy (unless there is a specific exclusion). You should make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
If you or your loved one has been attacked and injured by a dog in Tampa, you need to be aware of what compensation you may be eligible to receive. It is imperative that you consult a Tampa dog bite lawyer who will help evaluate the value of your case and weigh in on the fairness of a settlement offer.
By reporting the accident, you also make sure to teach the negligent dog owner something precious. Leave no place to embarrassment or pride here, many people fail to report such accidents because they think “it was not that bad”. However, you should always seek medical help after an animal bite and you might actually help to identify a negligent dog owner and have them on record.
Always report a dog bite injury regardless of the dog or the wound size. Even if the wound looks benign, remember that the most common problem following an animal bite is a simple infection.
Safety Tips for Adults and Children
- Adults should never leave an infant or young child alone with any dog, not even the family pet
- Children should never approach or play with dogs unless supervised by an adult
- Children should tell an adult if they see a stray dog or a dog acting strangely
- Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies
- Don’t look a dog right in the eyes
- If a dog knocks you over, roll into a ball, cover your face and stay still
- If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle
- Never approach an unfamiliar dog
- Never run from a dog and never scream around a dog
Schedule a Consultation With a Tampa Dog Bite Lawyer
A Tampa dog bite lawyer at Ligori Law will help you go through this challenging situation. We have an extensive experience handling cases for the victims of dog bites. Our team of passionate personal injury attorneys will guide you through every step of your claim with compassion and professionalism.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, call the office at 877-444-2929 for a free consultation today.