A 7-year-old Port Richey girl is still recovering in the hospital from a severe dog bite attack on Friday.
According to authorities, the girl was attacked by a chocolate Labrador that belonged to a family friend. The 7-year-old has since had reconstructive surgery, and she is apparently recovering well.
The owner surrendered the dog to Animal Control.
A Tampa General surgeon said the dog bite damaged the girl’s nose, skin and eye area. She is not expected to suffer any vision loss.
Dog bites can result in very severe and long-lasting injuries. Serious dog bite attacks often leave victims suffering from permanent physical and psychological scars. In many dog bite cases, the victim or family of the victim knows the pet owner and is afraid to pursue a claim for compensation because they do not want to ruin the relationship they have with the owner.
Dog bite injuries involving children are quite common. In most cases, the child knows the dog or the pet owner and did nothing at all to provoke the attack. However, just because you may be friends with the pet owner, this does not mean you should forego your rights to any compensation for your injuries. Most dog bite claims are settled through the dog owner’s homeowners insurance and usually results in minimal financial cost to the liable party. A Pasco County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can handle your case with discretion and patience in order to protect the relationship you have with the pet owner and obtain the full and fair recovery you are entitled to.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a dog bite injury, we may be able to help you recover just financial compensation for various damages including past and present medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and any ensuing permanent disfigurement. It won’t cost you anything to speak with us about your potential claim, so please contact us today. Let us put our experience to work for you – call us today at 727-847-2299.