Most dogs make friendly companions and loving pets. However, some dogs may be aggressive or not properly restrained and therefore attack a passerby or visitor, leaving a victim with severe injuries and disfigurement.
Dog attacks can result in a broad range of injuries, many of which can require extensive medical treatment. In some cases, emergency treatment may also be necessary. Due to the risk of infection, medical attention should be sought immediately following a dog bite.
Common injuries a dog attack victim may suffer can include:
- Puncture wounds— Puncture wounds are some of the most common types of dog attack injuries. While these tend to be minor, they can cause a serious bacterial infection if left untreated.
- Nerve damage — A dog bite victim should pay attention for any signs of nerve damage after a dog bite. Depending on how badly a nerve has been damaged, a victim can experience pain, a tingling sensation or paralysis.
- Disfigurement — If the attack was particularly vicious, a victim may be left with permanent scarring and disfigurement.
- Broken bones — Dogs have powerful jaws that can potentially cause broken bones, fractures and crush injuries.
Additionally, dog attacks can cause emotional injuries. A victim may suffer from lasting PTSD and other emotional effects caused by the pain and disfigurement.
Under Florida law, a dog owner may be held strictly liable if their dog bites someone while they are lawfully on their property or in a public place. This means that a victim does not need to prove negligence to recover damages. However, if the dog attacks without actually biting the victim and they suffer injuries as a result of falling to the ground, negligence must be established.
While every dog bite claim is unique, a victim may be entitled to recover economic damages for unreimbursed medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. They may also be eligible to receive an award for noneconomic damages for the pain and suffering they experienced in connection with their injuries. If a loved one died as the result of a dog attack, the surviving family may be entitled to wrongful death damages.
If you were hurt by someone else’s dog and required medical attention, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Frank Charles Miranda, P.A. offers skillful counsel and adept advocacy for dog bite victims throughout the Tampa area. Call 813-902-3925 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.