Dog Bites/Animal Attacks
Animal attacks happen more than one might like to think and they usually occur with pets who may have no history of violence. When visitors or children are around pets, they may react out of character and attack guests of kids for several reasons. Or, if it doesn’t occur with pets you know, animal attacks can happen while you’re out for your morning jog around the neighborhood or performing daily duties such as delivering mail or repairing something inside the home. Pets can sometimes be unpredictable, so it’s best to make sure you’re covered, even if the pet is, otherwise, usually friendly.
In most animal attack cases, there are a few conditions that need to be considered before the case can be filed. When the attack occurs, the animal must not have been provoked prior to the attack. If the animal retaliated due to being taunted or provoked, then the case can sometimes not be taken to injury claims court. It is also the responsibility of pet owners to contain their pets either with fences or leashes. If the attack occurs with no or failed constraints, the pet owner remains liable. These conditions also hold true if the injured persons were not trespassing, as stated by Florida legislation.
Dog Breeds and Household Pets
Some common dog breeds that have statistically been at fault for the number of animal attacks include larger guard dog breeds such as Pit Bulls and their mixes, Rottweilers, Bull Dogs, German Shepherds, and many more. While dogs have more of a reputation for biting, this doesn’t mean that cats are at fault as well. Other household or exotic pets can also cause injury and bite, making them and their owners just as liable. Though we’re not encouraging you to pawn off pets forever, there is some comfort in knowing we’re able to help when you need it!
If you have sustained wounds from an animal attack, we encourage you to seek medical assistance as quickly as possible. If the injury has come from a stray animal, the doctor will want to test you for rabies or other deadly diseases that can be contracted from stray animals. When you are having wound treated, you should also ask your medical advisor for documentation detailing the extent of your wounds as this will be used as evidence to further enhance your personal injury case.
The owner of the pet is likely always the one liable when an animal attacks or bites someone else. Many times, these attacks can occur inside the house with family pets that snap at children or are reluctant with new guests. If a child is at the center of the injury, a child injury lawyer can also help advocate for the child, where it’s needed. Since pets can sometimes harm children more severely than adults, it is important to have bodily injury lawyers that know how to provide legal assistance in cases of animal attacks. In some instances, the pet owner may be reluctant to cooperate or settle the case against them and their pet, but it’s our job to ultimately ensure that you’re given appropriate compensation for recovery of the injury.