A growling dog snapping at you or your child can be extremely frightening. The fear of not knowing whether a dog will bite or attack is certainly justified as there are more than 4.7 million dog bites occurring across the United States every year. Even worse, 800,000 of those bites are serious enough to require medical attention.
What dog bite victims in Hudson may not be aware of is that they can seek compensation for the damages suffered by a dog bite or animal attack. However, before you can obtain financial justice, it is essential to establish who is liable for the bite or attack. There are several factors that can help determine who is responsible, including:
• The Dog’s History – It is absolutely vital to find out if the dog has ever attacked anyone before or has a history of aggressive behavior. Why? If the dog has previously attacked someone, and the owner was aware of this, he or she could be held liable for damages.
• If Any Laws Were Broken – Most of the counties in Florida have a dog leash law set in place to protect innocent citizens. In Pasco County, all dogs must be under supervision or control at all times. This means that a dog cannot wander or run freely through any streets without being restrained by a leash. If this law is broken, the dog owner can be held responsible for damages.
• Third Party Negligence – Did someone else’s careless behavior cause or contribute to the attack? If so, that person may be partially to blame for any injuries suffered. For example, if a vicious or violent dog was secured in a kennel, but another person released the dog and let that dog outside and it attacks you, that person could be at fault for your injuries.
It is important to understand that as a dog bite victim you may eligible to recover damages for past and future medical bills, permanent scarring or disfigurement, lost wages and other expenses related to pain and suffering.
Every dog bite or animal attack case is unique — with various laws and factors to consider. By acting fast and contacting a Pasco County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton you can take the first step towards protecting your rights. We encourage you to contact us online or call us at 727-847-2299 as soon as possible so that we can begin investigating your case and preserve any crucial pieces of evidence. Your initial consultation is always free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose.