Dog attacks represent some of the most gruesome personal injuries that an individual can suffer. Statistics show that every year there is an increase of injuries to persons, resulting from a bite from an aggressive dog. Unfortunately, the majority of dog bite victims are children. Dog bites are traumatic events leading to serious injuries, and multiple deaths are reported each year as a result of the most vicious attacks.
At the Umansky Law Firm, in Orlando, Florida, we represent individuals who have suffered personal injury in dog bites or animal attacks caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Often a dog bite will result in permanent scarring, nerve damage and a significant risk of infection. In addition, most dog bite victims, especially children, suffer psychological damage that lasts well beyond the physical injury.
Dog Bite Liability in Florida
The state of Florida has a strict liability dog bite statute that states that …”the owner of a dog is liable for damages inflicted by his or her dog that bites a person who is either in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner’s property.” Florida Statute 767.04
A dog owner is liable, regardless of whether or not the dog had ever been vicious before; and regardless of whether the owner had reason to believe the dog would behave in a vicious manner.
Dog Bite Injury Statistics:
- Almost every thirty seconds, someone in the United States seeks medical attention for a dog bite related injury.
- In the United States, an estimate of one million (1,000,000) people, annually, require medical treatment for injuries related to dog bites.
- More than 300,000 victims require hospitalization as a result of their dog bite injuries.
Legal Process of a Dog Bite Liability Claim
When a dog bite occurs, it is essential that measures be promptly taken to collect evidence and enable medical providers and other expert witnesses to evaluate any injuries. At The Umansky Law Firm, we understand that dog bites are serious matters. The filing of a claim can be a complex process, and should be handled by experienced injury attorneys who have the time and resources to gather all of the pertinent data and documentation, make a determination, and file the appropriate claim on behalf of the client and/or their child.
Collecting Damages as a Victim of Dog Bites
Our firm can provide you an attorney who is dedicated and experienced in obtaining all the necessary data and determining the extent of injury. He or she will know the best way to proceed and the range of value the claim possesses. If your child is injured by a dog bite, in many circumstances any financial recovery made on behalf of the child, will be placed into a protected account until the child is 18. Through the efforts of our injury attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm, the terms of the recovery for your child can be maximized, and properly structured to provide full benefits to your child’s future.
If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog bite, call The Umansky Law Firm at (407) 228-3838 and speak to one of our Orlando personal injury lawyers, or contact to submit a simple case form. We offer a free initial consultation, and if we agree to take your case, we will work on a contingency basis. This means we will get paid for our services only if there is a monetary reward or recovery of funds.
For more information about dog bites please read our articles on dog bite prevention and dog bite injuries.
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