Helping Dog Bite Victims Recover Compensation for Their Injuries
Floridians love their dogs. If you take issue with this contention, simply try and take a trip to the grocery store or even a walk around your block without seeing a dog in a car, going for walk, or playing in a yard. While dogs can make great pets and are often considered members of the family, they are also capable of causing extremely serious injuries when they bite.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dogs bite some 4.5 million people each year, and 1 in 5 bites eventually becomes infected. Fortunately, in many cases, dog bite victims can recover compensation for the losses they experience as a result of the attack. Below is some information about dog bites and how an attorney can help you protect your rights if you have been bitten.
Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Injuries
As the descendants of wolves, dogs have extremely powerful jaws that are designed to tear into flesh and crush bone. When they bite, they can cause extremely serious injuries, including the following:
- Broken Bones – Dog bites of often result in broken bones in a person’s hand, arms, feet, or legs. In serious cases, victims need surgery to correct the break and may be in an immobilizing cast for months.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – If a dog bites a person’s head or causes them to fall over during the attack, it may result in a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. TBIs can require months to recover from and may even result in long-term cognitive or physical disabilities.
- Nerve Damage – Nerves transmit electrical impulses that allow a person to move and feel things with their body. When nerves are injured, it can result in an inability to move a certain part of the body or a lack of sensation.
- Soft Tissue Injuries – Soft tissue injuries like lacerations, muscle tears, sprains and strains often heal but may result in long-term issues like chronic pain, disfigurement, permanent scars, and limited range of motion.
- Infections – The common belief that dogs’ mouths are cleaner that humans’ mouths is a myth. In reality, dogs’ months harbor millions of potentially harmful bacteria that can be transmitted during a bite and cause a serious infection.
Why You Should Retain a St. Petersburg Dog Bite Lawyer
After a dog bite, you may be questioning whether it is really necessary to retain an attorney. After all, Florida’ dog bite law imposes strict liability on dog owners whose pets bite others, making it relatively certain that people who are bitten while they are on public property or lawfully on private property will recover compensation. In fact, if you were bitten while you are someone else’s property, there is a chance that you have already been contacted by an insurance company offering to settle the case for a lump sum.
As a dog bite victim, it is important to understand that the best way to ensure that you receive the full value of your claim is to retain an experienced attorney. While it may be simple to determine your losses in terms of the medical expenses you incurred or the wage you lost, placing a monetary value on your pain and suffering is a complicated matter that requires experience in personal injury law. Furthermore, if your injuries are going to leave you with lasting medical problems or some type of permanent disfigurement (such as scarring), your future damages will need to be calculated as well. When you retain an attorney, you can rest assured that any settlement you accept or award you receive will adequately compensate you for your damages.
Call Berkowitz & Myer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as you can. Florida law often entitles dog bite victims to compensation for their losses, including their medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced dog bite attorneys, call Berkowitz & Myer today at 727-344-0123 or contact us online.