While most dogs offer a sense of security and friendly companionship, there are dogs that can attack for no reason at all and give a nasty bite. In some cases these bites can lead to permanent scarring or disfigurement and in these situations compensation may be available for you.
Unfortunately, dog bites are completely unpredictable and can result in disfiguring injuries and can sometimes even lead to death. The sad truth of the situation is that most of the victims are children. In the United States, there are about 5,000,000 dog bites on humans each year with approximately 400,000 of these victims requiring medical treatment. Rottweilers and pit bulls cause the most attacks.
Any dog attack is serious and very traumatic. Quite often there will be scars left behind both physically and emotionally, and there is always the chance of nerve damage and severe infection setting in.
Here in Tampa and across the rest of Florida, there is a strict statute pertaining to the liability of dog bites. The owner of the dog can be held liable even if the dog has never shown any type of aggression or bitten anyone in the past. This liability applies to bites that have occurred in a public or private place. Any time a dog bites you it is important to consult with a lawyer to find out your rights.
Here are some of the dog bite cases we handle:
* Childhood injury
* Adult injury
* Wrongful death
* Serious injuries
If you or someone you know falls victim to a dog bite it’s important to get medical attention immediately and to preserve all the evidence available. Once you have been attended to medically it would be a good idea to take pictures of the area and write down everything that occurred while it’s fresh in your memory.
Here are the steps you should take as soon as possible after a dog bite.
* Get medical attention immediately.
* Take down any information you can about the owner including name, phone number and address.
* Get the contact information and the names of any witnesses.
* File a police report
* Take photographs of your injuries, the location of the attack and the dog itself is possible.
* Consult a personal injury lawyer.
If you are offered an insurance settlement for a dog bite make sure that you don’t sign any papers until you have contacted a lawyer. Although these types of attacks might seem straightforward enough, there are certain legal concerns that need to be addressed with them and the whole matter can become quite complex.
Finding out your rights is important when you have been the victim of a bite. We have lawyers here at Catania & Catania that are specialists in handling Tampa dog bites. When you need to know what type of compensation you deserve, we are here to answer any and all of your questions and to help you settle your case quickly.