Canine Attack Injury Lawyers Tampa FL
Families in Florida and across the country love their pets. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), almost 70 percent of households in the US own at least one pet. That comes out to approximately 85 million families. More than 60 million of those families own dogs. And while many dogs are friendly in nature, canine attack injury lawyers Tampa FL families trust from Jeff Murphy Law know that dogs can attack for various reasons, including feeling provoked, threatened, protecting puppies, or from being startled.
According to studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 4.5 million people suffer dog bites each year. Dog bites can be quite serious, with approximately 900,000 of those bites requiring medical attention. There are many complications that can arise from a bite, with wounds ranging from minor to serious. In some cases, the dog attack can even result in fatal injuries.
A dog bite lawyer Tampa, FL clients recommend has worked on many dog bite cases where the victims have been left with significant scarring from the attack. There is also the risk of permanent damage to muscles and nerves that cannot be repaired by surgery, as well as emotional scars victims are left with. Many dog attack victims are left with a lifetime of fear of dogs, even being scared of leaving their homes because they are afraid they will be attacked again.
The following are some of the injuries and complications from those injuries that victims of dog attacks may suffer:
- Nerve damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Dog Owner Responsibility
Under Florida law, dog owners are responsible for their pets’ actions. The law requires dog owners to make sure the dog is secured on their property at all times and if the owner is taking the dog off his or her property, then the dog must be properly leashed. If a dog attacks or bites a victim, the dog owner is liable for the victim’s medical expenses, loss of income while they recover, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and more.
A dog owner cannot argue as a defense that they did not know their dog was aggressive.
There are limited exceptions where the dog owner would not be responsible for their animal’s actions:
- The victim was trespassing on the owner’s property when the dog attacked.
- The victim was threatening the dog owner or other person when the dog attacked.
- The victim was injuring, abusing, or threatening the dog or puppies when the dog attacked.
Let Our Personal Injury Law Firm Get You the Compensation You Deserve
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack or dog bite that was unprovoked, you should be entitled to your medical expenses and other losses the injuries have caused. Contact Jeff Murphy Law to find out what legal recourse you may have against the dog owner. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated Tampa FL canine attack injury lawyers.