Fort Myers Personal Injury Attorneys Know Animal Attack Litigation
Special laws apply to injuries that occur as a result of animal attacks and dog bites. Florida has a "strict liability" law in place to protect victims of dog bites and animal attacks. This means that it is not necessary to prove that a dog owner was negligent or careless in any way when his or her dog bites another person. Rather, your Fort Myers personal injury attorney can attest that in the state of Florida, the owner of a dog is automatically responsible for attacks and injuries caused by the dog biting a child or an adult. It does not matter if the dog has ever acted viciously or has bitten another person before. The dog owner is still legally responsible for any injuries that occur from a dog attack or bite.
For instance, the owner of the dog often will claim that he or she did not expect the dog to bite, since the dog had never bitten anyone before. Under Florida law, this fact does not relieve the owner of liability for the dog bite or attack. Florida's strict liability law will hold the animal owner liable for all injuries caused by the attack. This means that the victim of the bite or attack can bring a claim for damages against the dog owner seeking compensation for his or her injuries, which can be used to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and permanent disfiguring and scarring related to the attack.
Dog bites and attacks easily can result in very serious injuries and permanent disfigurement. These types of injuries often cause scarring and tearing of the skin that can require extensive treatment and repair in order to remediate the cosmetic damage. This course of treatment is often very painful for the victim, as well as embarrassing. Furthermore, if the victim is a very small child or a weak, elderly person, the animal is very large or aggressive, and the attack continues for a prolonged period of time, the attack may even result in fatal injuries. Serious complications may also occur if the animal is infected with rabies or another communicable disease, which typically necessitates that the victim receives periodic injections in order to prevent its transmission.
Please contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., if you, a loved one or a child has been attacked or bitten by a dog or other animal, and we will schedule you a free consultation to meet with an experienced Fort Myers injury attorney at your earliest convenience. There are no fees or costs unless you win. Please visit our settlements and verdicts page in order to view the results in some of the cases handled by Randall Spivey.
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Approximately 4.4 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States. These bites result in an estimated 885,000 injuries requiring medical attention. About half of the injuries are sustained by children.
Anyone who has every been bitten by a dog knows that the experience can be traumatic. Dog bites can leave individuals with not only psychological scars, but also a variety of issues. Fortunately for bite victims, dog owners can be held legally responsible under Florida law.
Do you know how to avoid dog bites? If a dog bit you, your child or someone you know, would you know what to do?