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DOG BITE LAWYERS
Were You Injured in an Animal Attack?
Dog bites and animal attacks can cause broken bones, lacerations, puncture wounds, facial disfigurement, emotional trauma and other serious injuries. Our attorneys for dog bite victims in Florida know such animal attacks can happen anywhere, any time. Perhaps you had a dog chase you while jogging or lunge at you during a bike ride. Maybe it was a familiar dog, such as a neighbor’s dog, bit you when you went out to get your mail. A friend or family member’s dog could have even attacked you or your child in their home. No matter the cause of the attack, the owner of the dog may be liable for the personal injury you or your loved one sustained and can be held legally responsible for compensating you for your injuries. Farrow & Pulice knows how to pursue compensation from insurance companies after you’ve been injured while applying appropriate discretion to avoid disputes between friends, neighbors or family members. Most dog bite claims are handled through the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. But if the dog owner does not own a home, our law firm still may be able to help you by filing a dog bite lawsuit. While dog bites are the most common types of animal attacks, Florida is a state where some people keep exotic animals as pets (sometimes illegally) such as snakes, birds, lizards, monkeys and even “big” cats. Call us promptly if you have questions about your animal attack. What Should I Do if a Dog Bites My Child? Dog bites can leave lifelong scars on your body and cause damage to your mental health. Especially for children, the traumatic experience can create phobias, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). About half of the 4.5 million victims of dog bite attacks in the United States are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 20 percent of all dog bites result in injuries serious enough to require medical attention. Knowing what to do the moments after an accident and the days, weeks and months that follow is critical to ensuring a child’s physical recovery and obtaining compensation to cover medical bills and other damages. First and foremost, Farrow & Pulice urges all dog bite and animal attack victims to seek appropriate and immediate medical attention. Second, avoid any behaviors at the scene of the injury that could put you or a loved one at further risk of an attack. Our firm recommends alerting animal control authorities of the attack as soon as possible, especially in instances involving an attack by an unfamiliar animal on somebody else’s property. If you’re not sure how to reach the proper animal control authorities, call the police department. Take the following steps after an animal attack:
- Identify the dog’s owner and location.
- If you do not know who owns the dog, attempt to determine where the animal lives.
- Photograph the location where the attack took place.
- Document the extent of your injury.
- Retain all medical records related to treatment for your dog bite injury.
- Obtain copies of medical and police reports and animal control documentation.
- Injury requiring surgery
- Orthopedic injuries
- Permanent damage to the extremities (hands or feet)
- Injuries resulting in permanent scarring to the face
- Loss of finger or loss of fingers