To dog bite victims, dogs are anything but “man’s best friend.” Dog can turn aggressive in a heartbeat, going from loving and docile to terrifying and dangerous without any provocation on the part of whoever stands in their way. In fact, it is not uncommon for some of the most dangerous and deadly breeds – pit bulls, rottweilers and German shepherds – to have never shown aggression at all prior to mauling an innocent victim out of the blue. If you or your child were attacked by a dog, you need to contact the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman right away. Our Weston dog bite attorney has helped many clients seek financial compensation for their injuries so that they can get their lives back on track.
Dogs bite near 4.5 million people across our country each year, and the vast majority of victims are defenseless kids who are doing nothing more than playing or walking down the street. More than 800 Americans are treated each and every day in the United States for injuries sustained in a dog bite attack, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, relatively few of those attacks end with fatal consequences, but around 20 percent of people attacked by dogs require medical care and many end up with life-threatening injuries, disfigurement and permanent scarring.
Those most vulnerable to dog attacks:
- Around half of the people bitten by dogs with injuries that are serious enough to warrant medical care are children
- Senior citizens are also vulnerable to dog bite attacks
- Meter readers and mail carriers are another high-risk group for injurious dog bites
- The majority of dog bite victims are male
- Boys aged 5 through 9 years are the most often targeted group in dog bite attacks
The injuries related to dog bite attacks are numerous. Dogs tend to go for the jugular region and neck, leading to the most significant scarring and disfigurement in the facial area. Scratches, lacerations and cuts are often numerous and may require significant stitching or sometimes surgery in order to close. Infections may result from these types of cuts. Perhaps more ominously, dog bites affecting the tendons, tissues, nerves and bones can have a big impact on the victim’s mobility. Even in those victims where wounds are treatable and scarring is minimal, the psychological and emotional damage and trauma stemming from a dog bite attack may last a lifetime.
Liability in a dog bite attack falls squarely on the shoulders of the dog’s owner in most cases. Florida has a strict liability clause that holds owners liable for any injury their dogs cause to persons lawfully on a private or public property, even if the dog has never bitten before. The only exception to this is if the dog was provoked into attacking the victim. From medical bills and lost wages to potential punitive damages for pain and suffering, it is typically the dog owner’s home insurance policy that is tapped to cover the victim’s damages.
The Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman has the experience it takes to successfully win a dog bite liability claim. Schedule your no-cost consultation with our Weston dog bite attorney now to go over your case and start the ball rolling on compensation for your damages.