Potential Effects of Florida Dog Bites: From Rabies to Death

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4.7 million Americans are injured each year by dog bites. Annually in Florida alone, more than 500 residents suffer dog bites so severe that they require hospitalization. Unfortunately, the effects of the attack may be long lasting, including both physical and emotional trauma. If you were injured in a Florida dog bite attack, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. A knowledgeable Gainesville dog bite lawyer can guide you through the process of obtaining the compensation that you deserve.

Since the effects of a dog bite attack in Florida may be felt well into the future, it is vital to anticipate all possible physical, emotional, and financial costs when making a claim for compensation. Potential effects of a dog bite attack include the following:

  • Transmission of diseases such as rabies or tetanus
  • Infection
  • Damage to tendons, nerves, ligaments, or bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Avulsions
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Damaged range of motion
  • Impaired neurologic function
  • Emotional trauma
  • Death

These effects may present themselves immediately following the attack or may develop over time. They also may require ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation. Loved ones of the victim may similarly suffer from anxiety and other emotional effects of the attack.

Failing to take the proper actions following an injury can reduce your potential of receiving adequate damages. It’s important that you obtain legal guidance before taking any action, beyond medical treatment, relating to the injury. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate the legal process alone. For more information and guidance about your legal rights following an attack, contact an experienced Gainesville dog bite attorney today. Call the skilled and compassionate legal team at Jeffrey Meldon & Associates for a free consultation: 800-373-8000.