There you are, strolling down your neighborhood Street on your summer vacation with your family when a dog walker with 10 different breeds of dogs passes and one of the dogs viciously attacks you or your family without provocation! What are you supposed to do? Who do you call? If you are hurt, who is responsible? Is the dog that bit you healthy? With all these thoughts and questions, dealing with a dog bit can be overwhelming. The good news is that with the legalities of dog bites and animal attacks in Florida, your case falls under the umbrella of personal injury law and you could be able to hold someone accountable.
At Englander Peebles we deal with personal injury claims involving dog bites way too often. Dog bites happen far more frequently than many of us realize, especially during a pedestrian heavy pandemic.
While dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend”, some dogs have dangerous propensities, or they are sick or are trained to have an aggressive response to people. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites in any given year throughout the United States, and while about 80% of those do not require medical treatment or legal action, the remaining 20 percent of cases are serious enough to warrant medical treatment, hospitalization and suiting up with the best dog bite law firm.
Whether you are the owner of a dog who has bitten someone or you are the victim of a dog bite or animal attack, you may be wondering who is at fault when a dog bites someone. The owners of pets can be held liable for their dog’s behavior and for the medical bills caused by their actions. Whether it’s for knocking someone down or biting them – if they knew or should have known that their dog had vicious propensities.
If you own property, it is also important that you know if there are dogs living in your building. Building and property owners can be responsible for the victim of a bite from a dog with vicious propensities if the owner knew or should have known about the dog living on in the building and that it had a propensity to be vicious.
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Dogs make for incredible and loyal companions to many millions of people all across Florida, but they can also pose a danger to others As the owner of a dog, especially larger dogs like pit bulls, German Shepherds, or Rottweiler’s, which can inflict much more severe injuries, it is imperative that you remain vigilant about your surroundings, maintain control of your dog on a leash, and avoid situations where dog bites may occur if you are anywhere near these types of digs.
Children are often the victims of dog bites or animal attacks due to their small size and tend to suffer the most severe injuries as a result. As a parent or caregiver, it is crucial that you teach your children how to behave around animals, not just with the beloved family pet, but also around unknown dogs. Children should never hug or approach a dog from behind, touch a dog’s chew toys, food, or snacks, be allowed to pull on parts of a dog or hit a dog, stare into a dog’s eyes or kiss a dog on the face.
If you’ve been involved in a dog bite accident or animal attack then it is imperative that you contact our team. Every dog bite case of ours is different and requires the very personalized approach and investigation, and due diligence we offer to all of our valuable clients. The expert team at Englander Peebles’ Fort Lauderdale has Dog Bite Attorneys who can use their knowledge and experience to help dog bite victims and their families during this difficult time. If you or a loved one was the victim of a dog bite, contact Englander Peebles today.