Children are the most typical victims of dog bites and attacks. In most cases the dog that bit the child is in their own house or in a neighbor’s home. While you may not want to sue a neighbor, friend or family member, many injuries caused by the dog attack are covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. In Florida, a dog bite victim has several legal grounds to recover damages, including the dog bite statute, which makes owners strictly responsible and liable when a dog bites someone. If you or a loved one suffered injuries caused by a dog attack contact a South Florida serious injury lawyer. Sometimes a dog bites and runs away leaving the victim with a puncture wound. However, serious injuries can be caused by dog attack.
Dog bites may result in one or more of the following injuries:
Sprain / strain injuries
Infections, including rabies
Dog bites to the neck and face can become very serious injuries. Facial and neck bites may require special considerations because most injuries occur in children younger than 10 years. Catastrophic brain injury and death are most common in children younger than 10 years of age. Most deaths occur from hemorrhage from the great vessels of the neck. Many dog bite victims suffer from post traumatic stress disorder for months after the attack. Dog bite injuries to the face, especially in children, can cause nerve damage and facial fractures. Many of the facial injuries involved fractures of bones around the eye, the nose, or the jaw. Dog bites can lead to painful lacerations and puncture wounds as well as nerve damage, fractures, serious infections, disability, and deformity, but death can occur as well.
Reports of dog bites usually involve young children and the majority of bite-related fatalities that are reported were in children younger than 10 years old.
Serious accidents can occur from the negligence of others. Dog owners have strict liability for dog attacks on their property. Dog attacks can leave you with catastrophic injuries such as torn muscles and ligaments, facial and body scarring, brain injury, spinal cord injury, or paralysis. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite contact a knowledgeable South Florida serious injury attorney and get the compensation you deserve. Learn more … DOG BITE STATUTE
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