Plantation Dog Bite Lawyer
While the vast majority of dogs are completely harmless due to their loving nature, some dogs are not. Whether they were abused or abandoned as puppies, or were bred or trained to be aggressive attack dogs, some canines are simply not safe to have as part of our society. If you were attacked on the sidewalk by a dog that was leashed, bitten by a friend’s dog at a dinner party, or attacked by a “store” dog owned by the business owner, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries, and here at Lyons & Snyder our Plantation dog bite lawyers can ensure that your personal injury claim is taken as seriously as your injuries are.
Florida’s Dog Bite Law
Unlike some states, Florida allows victims to file personal injury lawsuits against the dog’s owner regardless of the dog’s previous attack history. The dog does not need to be deemed a “dangerous dog” in order to sue the owner. As such, you can seek full damages for your injuries even if this was the first time the dog attacked or bit someone. However, if you provoked the dog, or the dog was acting in self defense to a reasonable threat, your claim could be devalued, or tossed out altogether.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites are often to the hands, arms, and fingers—body parts used to defend oneself during an attack. These wounds can be moderate to extreme in severity, with some victims losing digits or the function of their hands. Other injury sites are often located around the groin or genitals, where some dogs instinctively know to attack as vulnerable areas. These, and facial wounds, are often the most extreme dog bite cases, requiring skin graft surgery, multiple plastic surgeries, and ongoing treatment over the months ahead. A vicious dog attack also leaves the victim with permanent psychological injuries; some dog bite victims develop a lifelong fear of dogs. Children, in particular, can develop such a fear of dogs if bitten at a young age. Sadly, they may never feel safe around Man’s best friend ever again. As such, no dog attack should be taken lightly, especially when the long term effects of the attack cannot be fully known at this point in time.
Damages You Can Sue For in a Plantation Dog Attack
- Medical expenses;
- Ongoing and future medical care and surgeries;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages due to disability;
- Lost earning capacity due to permanent disability;
- Property damage; and
Contact a Plantation Dog Bite Attorney Today
It is common to have reservations about filing a personal injury lawsuit against a dog’s owner. Sometimes the owner is a friend, family member, or acquaintance. What if the dog gets put down because of the lawsuit? What if you simply caught the dog on a bad day? These questions and fears should not be your primary concern—your financial stability is the only thing that you can control, and depending on your injuries, the expenses that you are up against may be substantial. You should not have to bear this burden yourself. Call our Plantation dog bite compensation attorneys at Lyons & Snyder today at 954-462-8035 to schedule a free consultation.