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Florida Dog Bite Injuries

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Floridians are sun-lovers, there’s no question about it. That’s why, on any given day, you’ll find parks, boardwalks, and beaches filled with people of all ages out enjoying bike rides, skateboards, and roller skates. Many have a dog in tow, just as eager to lap up some of the summer sunshine. In the best of circumstances, everyone has an enjoyable day. But what happens when a curious dog breaks free of its leash and chases you on your bike? Worse yet, what if a vicious canine actually attacks, sinking sharp teeth into tender flesh? In such a circumstance, a local personal injury attorney who has experience in dog attacks can help you figure out next steps.

Florida Law

According to Florida statute, pet owners are, indeed, liable for injuries their pets inflict on others. It doesn’t matter where the attack occurred; owners have a responsibility to keep their pets under control. Even a pet that has no history of violence might be startled or frightened into causing another person harm, and pet owners are charged with preventing just such dangerous interactions.

Proximate Cause

In some cases, victims of dog bites may be partially responsible for the attack. For example, ignoring posted warnings about a dog, or deliberately teasing or harassing an animal might lead a judge to believe a victim shared in the underlying cause of the incident. In such instances, each party’s liability will be determined in order to divide the costs associated with the incident. On the other hand, simply riding your bike through a public park should not provoke a dog to attack. In this case, the dog’s owner would likely be held solely responsible.

Impact of Dog Bites

When a dog attacks, the results can be horrifying. The physical impacts alone may require medical attention and treatments that are lengthy and painful, including treatments for:

  • Tears to the skin;
  • Damage to muscles or ligaments;
  • Broken bones;
  • Damage to internal organs;
  • Damage to eyes and ears.

Fear Factor

In addition to the physical consequences of a dog attack, the emotional and mental distress associated with such an incident can be crippling, especially for young children.  Common symptoms experienced by dog-bite victims include:

  • Behavior changes;
  • Depression;
  • Nervousness;
  • Changes in appetite;
  • Changes in sleep habits;
  • Withdrawal.

Following a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one has been the victim of an animal attack, the road to recovery may be lengthy. Physical, mental, and emotional wounds will take time to heal, and some may hang on indefinitely. Nonetheless, at the Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A., our experienced dog bite attorneys understand your plight, and will fight for the settlement you deserve. It may be possible to obtain damages to address medical bills, psychological care, lost wages, and other costs associated with the attack. Contact us in Kissimmee today for a free, confidential consultation about your situation.

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