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Dog bites can be terrifying, dangerous, and they can even cause very serious injuries and, unfortunately, in some cases, even death. Unfortunately, more than 4 million dog bites occur each year, and the majority of those incidents involve children. Children are smaller, they are usually unfamiliar with dogs and their habits, they are unable to protect themselves, and they often sustain injuries to the face.
Since dog attacks can be a serious injury, especially to small children, it’s important that you should contact one of our experienced Orlando dog bite lawyers to ensure your claim is properly handled. Please call (855) 880-4741 for a free consultation with the personal injury lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter.
Why Do Dogs Bite?
Dog bites occur for a number of reasons, but most often they occur because:
- The dog is establishing dominance
- The dog feels threatened
- The dog is protecting the owner
- The dog is surprised
- The dog is protecting its territory
Florida, like many states, has both state laws and various municipal ordinances concerning dogs, dog bites, and dog owners. In Florida, if you suffer a dog bite, the dog owner will almost always be held responsible for the dog bite. Dog owners in Florida are held to strict liability law, meaning that the only question after a person is bit by a dog, is how much compensation is appropriate.
Recovery on a dog bite claim may be lessened for a few different reasons:
- Comparative negligence: How much the victim was at fault for their dog bite injuries.
- Lack of supervision: If the victim is a child, recovery may be lessened if the parent failed to appropriately supervise the child.
- Adequate warning: If the dog owner had adequate warning signs posted about their dangerous animal.
Dog bites can result in permanent emotional and physical scarring. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite, contact an experienced injury attorney at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter by completing our online form or calling (855) 880-4741.