Fort Myers Dog Bite Lawyer Representing Victims of Canine and Other Animal Attack Injuries Throughout Florida
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. If you or someone you love suffered an attack by a dog or another animal, you have a right to seek legal counsel. You or your hurt loved one may be eligible to receive compensation for the animal owner's negligence, and an experienced Fort Myers dog bite lawyer can help you obtain the justice you deserve. Call The Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. today at (888) 477-4839 for a free consultation to discuss your case options.
Florida Dog and Animal Attack Laws
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.
Types of Injuries a Dog or Animal Attack Can Result In
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.
Because of this, it is imperative that victims seek help with a Fort Myers dog bite lawyer as quickly as possible. Randall L. Spivey has successfully helped individuals hurt by animals recover damages for their wounds and will work diligently to hold the owner responsible for their negligence.
Are You Eligible for Compensation After an Animal Attack? Contact Our Fort Myers Dog Bite Lawyer Today to Find Out
Please contact the The Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., 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 at your earliest convenience. There are no fees or costs unless you win. And for additional information, please visit our settlements and verdicts page in order to view the results in some of the cases handled by Randall L. Spivey.
More Helpful Information
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?