As an attorney specializing in dog bites with almost 40 years of experience, I have seen the devastating effects of these attacks. As a dog owner, you may be strictly liable to the victim for damages including: medical costs, and pain and suffering, regardless of whether this was the first attack. Hospital bills alone can easily range in the thousands of dollars, or more, depending on the severity of the injuries.
If your dog severely injures or kills someone, then the dog will likely be confiscated by animal control and possibly be destroyed after an appeal period of 10 days passes. If the dog was previously declared dangerous by authorities, and it attacked or killed someone, then the owner could face misdemeanor or felony criminal charges. If the authorities receive a first time report of an attack, then animal control might impound a dog and require the owner to register their dog as a dangerous animal.
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I am local accident attorney Jeffrey Meldon and I strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of and/or recovery from a serious accident. My office and I take pride in our work, and the results we get for our clients.
Meldon Law is a regional law firm that is located in Gainesville, Florida. We are personal injury lawyers, litigators and trial lawyers that have been working to get accident victims the justice they deserve for over 40 years throughout North Florida and all over Florida. Accidents involving a car crash, truck wreck, motorcycle, ATVs, bicycle, pedestrian accidents, and dog bites, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and criminal defense are all included in our practice.
For more information on how we can help you, or with any other question you may have, feel free to contact our office at 800-373-8000.