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Dog bites can cause a number of serious injuries, including deep muscle or tissue injuries, scarring, debilitating nerve damage, infection, torn ligaments, traumatic stress and injuries that require reconstructive surgery. In some cases, a dog bite may transmit a virus that causes flesh-eating disease. In the very worst cases, serious dog bites can be fatal. An experience Dog Bite,animal attack lawyer must be contacted immediately.
Almost 5 million people nationwide will get a dog bite each year in the United States, and almost 1 million require medical attention. A dog bite lawyer can advise you if you have a claim against the owner. Unfortunately, most dog bite injuries are to minors. According to the American Humane Association, more children suffer dog bite injuries than measles, mumps and whooping cough combined. Victims are entitled to compensation when another person's negligence is responsible for the dog bite. Individuals who provoke a dog are generally not eligible for compensation under the law; however, children of a certain age may be determined to be incapable of provocation.
While some homeowners' insurance pays for injuries from dog bites or attacks, many do not. The Insurance Information Institute reports that dog bite claims have quadrupled in five years. Some alarming statistics include:
- Approximately 30% of dog bites are caused by unrestrained dogs off the owner's property.
- 22% of reported incidents involve a restrained dog on the owner's property.
- 48% of incidents occur on the owner's property with an unrestrained animal.
- Over half of those dog bites are children.
A dog owner's liability for injuries from a dog bite is spelled out in a Florida law, which states: "The owner of any dog that causes a dog bite to any person … 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, if the person who was bitten did something that caused the dog bite, the liability of the owner may be reduced.
If you or a family member has suffered injury from a dog bite, call the attorney referral service and speak to an experience dod bite lawyer to find out if you may have a legal claim against the dog owner for the dog bite.