Dog bites are often serious and can be deadly in certain cases. No matter how extensive the damage, this experience is frightening and may forever change the way you interact with dogs. There is great psychological trauma associated with dog attacks, in addition to the physical ailments. Fortunately, all of this can be compensable in a personal injury case.

Let an experienced Melbourne dog bite lawyer fight for your right to compensation. Our firm never charges our clients anything unless we secure an award for them. You can begin your case by requesting a free consultation.

State Law on Dog Bites

Florida Statute § 767.04 outlines the state’s laws on dog bites. The owner of the dog is liable for any injury caused by their dog if the injured person was lawfully allowed to be on the property. This is known as a “strict liability” dog bite rule. The injured party does not have to prove negligence when this strict liability law applies. However, showing how the defendant was negligent is often helpful evidence nonetheless.

Evidence of negligence may be required if the dog owner argues the injured party was partly responsible for what happened. This is a common tactic to shift blame—one that is usually without merit. Either way, a knowledgeable Melbourne attorney knows how to handle the situation.

Next Steps After a Dog Bite

Right after being bitten by a dog or other pet, the most important first step is to get medical attention. The injured person’s health is the most important thing at this point. Even a “small” dog bite could lead to life-threatening infections. A dog’s mouth is able to carry pathogens that may cause serious infections or even sepsis. Dogs are also known carriers of rabies and other communicable diseases that threaten humans.

Once medical treatment has been given, the injured person should take steps to collect information. They should write down information like the owner’s contact information, insurance information, the names of witnesses, and anything else that might be relevant to a potential lawsuit. If possible, they should also take photos of the injuries and keep all medical bills to be used in determining damages.

Common Injuries from Dog Bite Attacks

The powerful jaws and sharp teeth of a large dog can produce incredibly painful injuries for a human. An aggressive dog can do serious damage such as:

  • Significant scarring
  • Lacerations to the skin
  • Puncture wounds
  • Infections and diseases
  • Facial and eye damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Muscle and organ damage
  • Blood loss

These physical injuries can be incredibly painful and expensive to treat. The healing process can take a great deal of time as well. This is especially true if a child is injured, due to being lower to the ground.

Psychological Injuries from a Dog Bite

It is not just physical injuries that affect a person after a dog attack. Our Melbourne attorneys understand that damages for psychological injuries in a dog bite are available as well. These injuries might include:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • A new and long-lasting fear of dogs
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Flashbacks or recurring nightmares
  • Self-consciousness about disfigurement or scarring
  • Depression, anti-social behavior, or suicidal thoughts

When dealing with this type of harm, our firm understands how to help someone make the case for compensation.

Let a Dog Bite Attorney in Melbourne Help You

Our attorneys understand what you are going through. We have represented dog bite victims and know the toll that it can take. Our firm offers free consultations to help you understand your rights to potential compensation after a dog bite. Work with a skilled Melbourne dog bite lawyer today to get started with your case.

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