What Damages Can I Recover For Dog Bites In Palm Beach County
Dog bites can be dangerous and traumatic, and more often than not, these bites result in serious medical complications. The most serious dog bite case I have ever handled involved a 2 year old whose face was bitten by a neighbor’s dog. The child had to undergo multiple surgeries and her face will never look the same again.
Dog bites are not uncommon. Every day across the state of Florida, individuals are bitten by man’s best friend. The most common kind of injuries are lacerations and punctures, which can cause bleeding, contusions, suffering, and scarring. Oftentimes, these wounds can result in physical damage and lead to infections that may include rabies, MRSA, and Pasteurella. The worst case scenario is permanent physical damage and/or permanent scarring.
According To The Law
Florida statute 767.04 declares that “The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness. However, any negligence on the part of the person bitten that is a proximate cause of the biting incident reduces the liability of the owner of the dog by the percentage that the bitten person’s negligence contributed to the biting incident.” This means that if a judge or a jury finds you, the victim, 60% responsible for the bite, you will be able to only recover 40% of the compensation that you are entitled to receive.
Get help Right Away!
Dog bites are serious and they need to be treated immediately. Dog bite treatment can be costly. Citizens need to be careful when approaching any pet. Some animals may seem friendly and adorable but can turn violent without any explanation. Everyone should use precaution and good judgement when dealing with pets, especially the ones you are not familiar with. The Florida Department of Health, the Florida Animal Control Association, and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association have collaborated on encouraging all Floridians to learn how to avoid being bitten by a dog.
In Florida, victims of dog attacks may be able to make a claim for their injuries. Know your rights and get advice from a lawyer before talking to the owner of the dog or their insurance company.
Call A Dog Bite Attorney Now!
Dogs can be friendly, obedient, and loyal. However, they can also be dangerous when provoked, or they may act aggressively for no apparent reason. Individuals injured in a dog attack should get treatment right away, and contact a personal injury attorney to investigate the facts and build a claim. The Law Offices Of Shannon J Sagan can help you look over the cause of the accident to determine if there were any violations.
You will not pay any costs or attorney fees until we resolve your dog bite accident case and collect money damages for you through a settlement or jury verdict. Our firm helps injured dog bite victims across all South Florida, so whether you are in Lake Worth, Belle Glade, Pahokee, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Springs, Boynton Beach
as well as Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and any other cities from Palm Beach County and nearby counties. Call us at 1-800-FLA-LAWYER or contact us online for a free appointment.