Hamilton County Dog Bite Attorney
We tend to think of dogs as man’s best friend, but even our canine friends can turn on us. Dog bites injure more than 4 million people in the United States every year. These bites can cause a wide range of injuries and even death in extreme cases.
If your dog bite injury was caused by someone else’s dog, the owner may be on the hook for your damages. A Hamilton County dog bite attorney at Meldon Law can help you understand the laws involved so you get the most compensation possible.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can cause a wide range of injuries, including:
- These refer to deep cuts and tears that can extend into the muscles, nerves, and even bones. Lacerations often involve excessive bleeding and require stitches to fully heal.
- Bite wounds can lead to punctures, which may be smaller than lacerations. However, they can be deep and can lead to infection if not treated promptly.
- Speaking of infection, bacteria and germs from the dog’s mouth can enter the skin and cause infections. This is why you should clean the wound as soon as possible. Look for signs of infection, such as pain, swelling, redness, and pus.
- Rabies is the deadliest infection a person can get from a dog. If not treated in time, it is almost always fatal. It often starts out with flu-like symptoms and then develops into seizures, muscle spasms, aggressive behavior, hallucinations, and sensitivity to lights and sounds. Fear of water and foaming at the mouth are also common symptoms.
- Nerve damage. A dog bite can damage nerves, which can cause temporary or permanent loss of function.
- Deep wounds can lead to scarring, which can be especially debilitating on the face. Skin grafts and other therapies can reduce the appearance of scars, but they can still lead to social anxiety.
What the Law Says
Under Florida law, dog owners are responsible any time their dog bites someone in a public place or while legally in a private place. There is no “one bite” rule in which dogs are given one free bite. Dog owners are responsible—even the first time around—for damages suffered by the victim, regardless of whether or not the dog has a history of viciousness.
Negligence by the victim can reduce the owner’s liability. For example, if the person was trespassing or harassing the dog, and was subsequently bit, the dog’s owner may see their liability reduced. The one main exception to this rule is if the victim is a child under the age of 6.
Contact a Hamilton County Dog Bite Attorney Today
Dog bites can cause significant injuries and pain. They can also result in scarring and disfigurement, which can lead to emotional distress.
Get compensation for all your damages with help from the Hamilton County dog bite attorneys at Meldon Law. Our experience and legal skill will help in determining liability. To schedule a free consultation, call (800) 373-8000 or fill out the online form.