Have you been injured in a dog or animal attack?
Most dogs offer companionship, security, and, fun. However, an out-of-control, untrained dog is an entirely different matter. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million dog bites occur annually in the United States. West Palm Beach, FL is a hub for dogs. With beautiful beaches and a warm climate, dogs seem to be the perfect Florida pet. While it is something that no dog owner likes to think about, dog bite attacks are much more common than one would image.
Approximately 800,000 Americans must seek medical care to treat wounds from a dog attack each and every year, half of which are children. In fact, 30 percent of dog bites involving children in Florida occur with either a neighbor’s dog or a family’s dog. Due to the unpredictable nature of these animals, parents and dog owners must exercise caution when it comes to dog bite accidents. If you or someone you love is a dog bite victim in the state of Florida, contact Larmoyeux & Bone, in West Palm Beach, for an initial consultation.
Dog Bite Cases
Statistically, dog bite accidents occur far more frequently than the average dog owner would imagine. With the capacity to attack at any given moment, Florida residents must recognize the potential dangers that exist when it comes to both owning and interacting with any dog. At Larmoyeux & Bone, we have years of experience in Florida dog bite attacks. We handle dog bite accidents that involve:
Dog bite accident cases are a matter of strict liability. If a dog attacks and injures someone, the owner is responsible, whether they knew the dog was dangerous or not. If you have been attacked by a dog or other animal, contact us as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner we can track down the owner and get you the compensation you deserve. We believe that owners of dogs who attack must be held liable for the damages that they cause to innocent individuals. Our dog bite accident lawyers are fully prepared to fight for your fair settlement.
If You Have Been Bitten
Each year 1,000 people in the U.S. are sent to the emergency room to treat dog bite wounds. While some dog bite attacks are far more serious than others, any dog bite has the potential to carry life-threatening diseases. Dogs can carry infections within their saliva, passing these diseases to the dog bite victim. As a result, it is imperative that Florida residents understand what to do in a comprising situation with a dangerous dog. If you have been bitten by a dog or other animal, here are some additional steps that will help:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Obtain names and contact information of the owner and any witnesses.
- Make a police report and request a copy.
- If possible, take photographs–of the dog, location, and your injuries.
- Do not sign any papers or accept any insurance settlement without first contacting a lawyer.
While each dog bite attack varies, accident victims are warned to act fast, as the time it takes to receive medical care can greatly impact the potential to eliminate dog bite disease or illness. A medical professional will be able to assess the wounds and screen then victim for dog bite diseases imperceptible to an untrained eye. Following medical attention, dog bite accident victims must consult with a Florida dog bite lawyer to understand what legal options are available.
With our main office located in West Palm Beach, FL, Larmoyeux & Bone is able to service the South Florida area. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog or animal, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact a West Palm Beach dog bite accident lawyer for a free consultation.