While there is no doubt that dogs are "man's best friend," a dog bite or attack can result in serious injuries. Many people in the Orlando area own dogs, and because of the temperate climate dogs are out and about with their owners frequently. Across Florida there are countless dog parks people enjoy, however when there is a higher number of dogs out and about, the number of dog bites naturally increases as well. Certain breeds are more prone to bite, however any breed may bite or attack in certain situations. If you or a loved one are the victim of a dog bite, we urge you to contact our Orlando personal injury attorneys right away for exceptional legal guidance and support.
While it may be surprising, approximately 1,000 people are treated for dog bite injuries every day in the U.S. Dog bites result not only in physical injury, but emotional trauma as well. Some of the most common injuries that occur due to dog bites or attacks include:
- Facial scarring
- Puncture wounds
- Tissue loss
- Infections including cellulitis or rabies
- Nerve damage
- Post traumatic stress
Children are often the victims of dog bites, which can result in a child being scarred for life emotionally when it comes to dogs, the outdoors, or any type of animal. The fear, anxiety, and trauma can be far reaching, affecting a child's life forever.
Pit bulls, German shepherds, and Rottweilers are notorious for being aggressive breeds of dogs, however any dog may bite. Dog owners are responsible for keeping their pets on a leash, or otherwise contained to prevent the possibility of a bite or attack on others.Preventing Dog Bites in Florida
There are certain things you can do to reduce the risk of being bitten by a dog. If a person intentionally provokes a dog or intimidates it in some way, the likelihood of recovering damages is decreased. Experts advise when around a strange dog that you:
- Never approach a dog that is unfamiliar
- Never run from or scream at an aggressive dog
- Remain still if a strange dog approaches you
- Never play with a strange dog without the owner's presence
- Never disturb a dog that is eating, sleeping, or that has puppies
- Never attempt to pet a strange dog
- Avoid making direct eye contact with a dog, as they consider this a challenge
- Curl up in a ball and remain still when knocked down by a dog
Florida Statute §767.04 states that, "the owner of a dog is liable for damages inflicted by his/her dog that bites an individual who is either on the dog owner's property or in a public place." In recovering compensation, it is vital that as a victim you and your attorney can demonstrate that the owner of the dog knew or should have known that the dog had a propensity to bite or attack. It is important to prevent the defendant from proving that your negligence resulted in the bite and resulting injury, or that you somehow provoked the dog. Our Orlando dog bite lawyers will work vigorously to prove that the owner is responsible, and that you deserve fair compensation for medical costs, emotional distress, lost wages, and other damages.Contact Adams & Luka Today
When bitten or attacked by a dog in central Florida, it is critical that you choose an injury attorney who is capable of determining the extent of your injuries through the collection of vital information and documents, and placing a fair value on your claim. At Adams & Luka, we have the experience, skill, and committed approach essential to reaching the results you deserve. Call us for a free consultation now at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.
Personal Injury Lawyers Advocating on Behalf of Victims of Dog Bites in Orange, Lake, Seminole, Osceola, Sumter, Marion, Volusia, Polk, & Brevard Counties.