Many of us own dogs or have friends, family members, or neighbors who do. While dogs can make terrific pets, there is also always the chance that a dog bite can suddenly happen to you. When someone else’s dog attacks you, it can be a frightening experience and can cause serious injuries that require immediate medical attention.
In the past, dog owners got “one bite free,”meaning they were not responsible for the first time their dog attacked someone. Fortunately, Florida law now allows you to hold dog owners strictly liable for any injuries caused by their dog, as long as you were not trespassing or provoking the animal. You do not even have to prove that the owner was negligent in some way. At Quattrochi and Torres, we understand the rights of dog bite victims, and we can protect your rights.
Dog Bite Injuries
An aggressive dog bite can cause a wide range of serious injuries, including:
- Puncture wounds
- Fractured bones
- Torn tendons or muscles
- Shredded skin
If a dog bite breaks the skin, you should always have the wound examined and cleaned by a medical professional to prevent dangerous infections. If the dog is unknown to you, you may even have to undergo rabies treatment. Some severe dog attacks can result in permanent disfigurement and may require plastic surgery. Other victims suffer debilitating mental injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and an irrational fear of dogs. Often, the costs of a dog bite will be extensive, and a dog owner should always compensate you for your losses.
Discuss Your Rights with Our Experienced Seminole County Florida Dog Bite Lawyer
Quattrochi and Torres regularly handles insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits stemming from dog bites.If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please call 407.452.4918 or contact us online any time, day or night.