Frequently Asked Questions

Dog Bite Frequently Asked Questions

How many dog bites occur each year?

Approximately 4.5 to 4.7 million people a year are victims of a dog bite in the United States, and about 800,000 of them require medical care at a hospital emergency department.  In Florida, approximately 600 people a year seek medical treatment for dog-bite related injuries.

Who is most at risk of becoming the victim of a dog bite?

Children under nine years of age are the most at risk of becoming victims of dog bites. Boys tend to be more at risk than girls.

What should I do if I am the victim of a dog bite?

If you or a member of your family is the victim of a dog bite, you should report the attack to the police or local animal control officials and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Take photographs of your injuries, and contact The Felicetti Law Firm P.C. for legal advice about your right to compensation for the damages, including pain and suffering, that you incur.

What types of injuries are caused by a dog bite?

The most common injuries caused by a dog bite include:

  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Fractured bones
  • Tendon and nerve damage

The risk of infection is always present in a dog bite injury due to bacteria carried in a dog’s mouth. A dog suffering from rabies can infect a victim with the disease during an attack.

What is strict liability in Florida?

Florida law makes a dog owner liable for the payment of compensation to a dog bite victim regardless of whether or not the dog has ever bitten anyone in the past. According to the statute, a dog owner is liable for attacks in public places and on private property as long as the victim was lawfully on the property.

Are any dog breeds more prone to biting humans than other breeds?

Some breeds, such as pit bulls, German sheperds, rottweilers, huskies and malamutes are the ones most frequently associated with fatal dog bites in the United States.

What compensation is a dog bite victim eligible to receive?

Each dog bite case is different, so it is impossible to predict the amount of compensation a victim might receive by way of a settlement. Compensation paid to dog bite victims usually include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Expenses for future plastic surgery
  • Lost wages
  • Mental health counseling expenses

Is there anyone else, in addition the owner of a dog, who could be liable for damages suffered by a dog bite victim?

The owner of the property on which a dog is kept might be liable for the injuries suffered by the victim of a dog bite. This could include a homeowner caring for someone else’s dog or a landlord who allows tenants have a dog.

Does homeowners insurance cover the damages suffered in a dog bite?

Insurance laws and insurance policies deal with complex areas of the law. Whether a particular insurance policy will pay the damages caused in a dog bite depends upon the terms of the policy and the circumstances surrounding the attack. A Florida dog bite attorney at The Felicetti Law Firm P.C. can review a particular case to provide an answer.

Does placement of a sign warning of the presence of a dog protect a property owner from liability for a victim’s dog bite injuries?

The age of the victim and the wording of the sign, along with other facts about a specific case, are factors that must be taken into consideration in determining the liability of a property owner who has a sign posted warning of the presence of a dog.

One of the compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys at The Felicetti Law Firm P.C. can review the facts of your dog bite in order to answer your questions about compensation and the other rights you have as the victim of a dog attack. Contact us today by calling (800) 707-1954 to schedule an appointment. You can also contact us through our website.

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