Get The Compensation You Need To Recover From Dog Bites In Daytona Beach
Dogs can often be spotted in local neighborhoods, parks, stores, and other public places throughout our area. While they are a popular pet, serious personal injuries can occur when dog owners fail to control them properly. Dog bites in Daytona Beach are an unfortunately common problem. If you are a victim, it is important to be aware of your rights in seeking the compensation you need to recover.
Serious Personal Injuries That Can Result From Daytona Beach Dog Bites
Dogs enjoy a reputation as being ‘man’s best friend’, but it is important to be aware of the risks. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) reports that roughly four million people are victims of dog bites each year. Sadly, children make up a large proportion of those affected and in over half of all cases, victims know the dog and owner involved.
Dog bites and attacks can result in devastating personal injuries that have the potential to be life-threatening. Among the most common include:
- Deep cuts and lacerations due to the dog’s claws, resulting in permanent scarring;
- Puncture wounds caused by the dog’s teeth, that can tear through muscles and tendons, resulting in permanent impairments;
- Loss of limbs and body parts, due to the strength of the dog’s jaws and the force of an attack;
- Exposure to potentially deadly infections, due to bacteria present in the dog’s saliva.
In addition to the physical impacts that can result from dog bites, victims often suffer emotional scars as well. Post-traumatic stress disorder is common in the aftermath, resulting in anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.
Seeking Compensation For Dog Bite Injuries
Dog owners have a duty to keep their pets properly restrained in public places and to warn visitors to their property that a potentially dangerous animal is on the premises. When they fail to do so, they could be held responsible for medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses you incur as a result.
In some states, there is what is known as a ‘one bite rule’. This means that dog owners cannot be held accountable if the dog showed no previous signs of aggression in the past. Fortunately, this is not the case in our area. Under the Florida Statutes, dog owners can be held liable regardless of the dog’s temperament or past behavior. To protect your rights in seeking compensation, take the following steps if a dog bite happens:
- Notify police immediately;
- Give a description of the dog, the owner, and the direction the dog went after the attack;
- Make note of any witnesses at the scene, who may have seen what happened;
- Get medical attention as soon as possible, regardless of the severity of your injuries.
Contact Our Office Today
When dog bites and attacks happen, Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. provide the professional legal representation you need in filing a claim. To ensure you get the compensation you need to recover, contact our Daytona Beach dog bite attorneys and request a consultation today.