Dog Bite Injury Attorney on your Side : Armando Personal Injury Law!
Dogs lash out during times of anger, excitement, and fear. They may be overly possessive of food, territory, or toys; not like children or strangers; or become scared during times of stress. No matter the cause, if a dog bites and causes serious harm, the victim should consult an experienced dog bite attorney at once .
Be Wary of Dangerous Breeds
There were 42 fatal dog attacks in 2014. 64 percent of those attacks were caused by pit bulls, which only make up six percent of the dog population in the U.S., according to dogbites.org. While fatalities are rare, there are millions of cases of dog bites resulting in injury and permanent disfigurement. Rottweilers are the second most dangerous dog breed, killing 10 percent of dog attack victims in 2014. Other dangerous breeds include dogs bred for guarding, war, and fighting/baiting. These breeds include German shepherds, doberman pinschers, and boxers. The larger the dog, the more dangerous it potentially is. However, even medium and small dogs such as jack russell terriers can inflict terrible wounds.
Tampa, Florida, Dog Attack Law
Under Florida law, liability will be placed on the owner of the dog when it attacks a person in a public place or on private property if the victim was there lawfully. The history of the dog will not be looked at when liability is determined.
There are circumstances where a dog owner can be held liable for injuries or possibly a ‘wrongful death’, even without their dog biting another human.
Pure Comparative Negligence in Florida
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning that negligence may be placed on both parties (the dog owner and the victim). If the victim did something to provoke the dog, they may be found partially guilty. For example, if the dog attacked a person after the person physically antagonized the dog, the dog’s owner may only be 70 percent negligent, while the injured victim may be 30 percent negligent. In this scenario, when damages and insurance policies are assessed, the victim will only be able to collect 70 percent of the damages that their injury warranted.
Seek Medical Attention if You are Seriously Wounded
According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, there are 4.5 million dog bites annually. 800,000 people require medical attention in hospitals from dog bites, though untold numbers never seek medical attention, which potentially risks their life and limb that was bitten. Because nearly one in five dog bites become infected, it is vital to seek medical attention if the wound is large enough to require stitches, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. Dog saliva is full of bacteria, which can lead to infection. Even if the bite is small, if it breaks the skin it should be carefully washed out, antibiotic ointment and appropriate bandages should be applied, and the victim should be closely watched for signs of infection. Red streaks, tenderness, and fever are dire warning signs that injury is infected and the person should seek medical attention immediately.
If You Were Bitten by a Dog, Contact a Tampa Dog Bite Attorney Today
If you have suffered an injury from a dog bite, call Armando Personal Injury Law Firm today at (813) 906-1151 for legal advice or representation from a personal injury attorney. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries including medical bill payment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You can also contact us online and one of our English or Spanish speaking attorneys will be in touch to discuss your case.