Celebration Dog Bite Lawyer
Dogs are man’s best friend, and millions of people own dogs as pets throughout Florida. However, not all dogs are friendly, and not all dog owners keep others safe from their dangerous pets. When a dog bite attack occurs, the results can be devastating for victims. The experienced and knowledgeable Celebration dog bite lawyers at Draper Law Office understand how serious a dog bite attack is and will fight for the compensation that victims deserve. To learn more, call or contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Florida Dog Bite Law
Most states either follow the “one bite” rule or strict liability when it comes to dog bite attacks. The “one bite rule” allows pet owners to escape liability if the attack is the first time that the animal has ever bitten someone or been aggressive towards people, but Florida follows strict liability when it comes to this type of incident. Under the state’s strict liability rule, a dog owner is liable for any dog bite attack, even the first time. It does not matter if the dog has never bitten a person or the owner was unaware of their aggressiveness. Furthermore, the victim of a dog bite attack does not have to prove negligence in order to collect compensation, merely that the dog attacked and caused actual injuries.
Injuries Caused by Dog Bite Attacks
Depending on the size and breed of the dog, a dog bite attack can cause catastrophic injuries. This is particularly true for the elderly and children under five years old, who are typically the most likely groups to be victimized in a dog bite attack. Common injuries reported in Florida dog bite attacks include:
- Head and neck injuries,
- Facial trauma,
- Eye injuries,
- Puncture wounds,
- Tearing of soft tissues,
- Broken bones,
- Nerve damage,
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
Dog bites also have the potential to cause secondary injuries, with infection happening regularly as well as psychological aftereffects following a bite attack. An experienced personal injury lawyer can properly assess the full scope of damages following this type of incident and ensure that victims are properly compensated for their losses.
Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
Because dog bite attacks fall under strict liability in Florida, securing compensation is often a fairly straightforward process as there is no need for argument over accusations of negligence or fault. Victims of dog bite attacks are entitled to damages that cover the following harm:
- Present and future medical bills,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of future income and earning potential,
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Disfigurement, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Given the extensive harm that a dog bite can inflict on a victim and the potential lasting impact, both physically and emotionally, of this type of attack the overall compensation for a dog bite victim can be substantial if handled properly by an experienced attorney. To learn more, talk to our office today.
Call or Contact Our Office
Do you wish to learn more about what a case might be worth after a dog bite attack in the Celebration area? If so, call the office or contact us today at Draper Law Office to schedule a free consultation.