Have you or a loved one been bitten by a dog and need legal help? Check out these 4 dog bite tips, then contact our Tampa Bay lawyers today.
After a Dog Bite
You may be asking yourself, “What do I do after I’ve been injured by a dog?” You need to let the dog owner know that you’ve been injured. Tell them and any other witnesses that you’ve been injured. If you have your cell phone handy, take photographs of the dog and of the person who is with the dog whether it’s the owner of the dog or just the person who’s walking the dog. We have to preserve evidence.
Sadly, in dog bite cases, we often see that the injuries are so severe that the person can’t even do those basic things. The most important thing that you can do is to get medical treatment quickly. Hopefully, there’s a witness who can help us establish exactly what has happened to help us identify the dog and the dog’s owner.
Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bite injury cases against children are some of the saddest cases because children are so innocent. Usually, they simply want to pet a dog. Sometimes the injuries can involve very terrible scarring. When it involves a child, it’s especially heartbreaking, especially for the parents.
We also see dog bite injury cases where a dog jumps in front of a vehicle and the vehicle has to take evasive action. That might be a viable dog injury case against the owner of that dog that didn’t maintain control over them. We see cases where a dog will run out from a yard and attack a bicyclist who’s traveling by the owner’s house. We see all kinds of dog bite injury cases. Let us help you through that process because we have experience in dog bite injury cases. We’re going to put that experience to use for you to make sure that there’s documentation, and that the proper authorities have been put on notice.
Florida has a law that states that the owner of a “dangerous dog” is strictly liable for the injuries that the dog causes. The law in Florida allows for strict liability to apply to the owner of that dog that is not properly controlling that animal whether or not that owner knows if that dog has the propensity to be dangerous, or to bite, or attack somebody else.
One Bite Rule
Every dog bite case qualifies as a viable claim here in Florida. The reason is, a dog owner is strictly liable for injury to a person as a result of a dog bite. There’s a big misconception among the public that every dog gets one bite free here in Florida. Every owner has a duty to make sure that his dog is restrained and that he doesn’t pose imminent harm to any other person.
Important Questions After a Bite
You may be wondering, “What are the important questions that I can ask the dog owner if I’ve been attacked by a dog?” First of all, if you retain our firm, we’re going to undertake all of that for you, but if you are physically able to have a discussion with the person who’s with the dog, ask him or her who owns the dog. Don’t assume that this person is the owner just because they’re the one who’s walking the dog at this particular moment.
If you can reach your cell phone, take a photograph of the dog and take a photograph of the person who is with the dog. Ask for the name of the dog owner and whether the dog has had all his or her rabies shots. If an ambulance shows up, the EMTs are going to ask those same questions anyway.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured by a dog in Florida and want to know more about these 4 dog bite tips?
Contact our dedicated Tampa Bay dog bite attorneys at Perenich Law Injury Attorneys today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.