There are millions of pet owners across the country. For the most part, humans and domesticated animals can interact without issue, pets become a family member and are loved throughout their lives. However, with so many interactions between people and animals, attacks are bound to occur.
There are more than 4.5 million dog bite incidents in the US each year. Most of these incidents are minor, but many do require medical attention. If you have a Delray Beach dog bite or other animal attack injury, it could take months to fully recover.
Whether the incident was the result of negligence or not, hiring a Delray Beach dog bite and animal attack attorney can greatly benefit your case. With an experienced attorney by your side, you will stand the best chance of recovering fair compensation.
Elstein Legal is a personal injury law firm in Delray Beach with extensive experience working with dog bite and animal attack victims. Our team is ready to help build your claim and work tirelessly to make sure you see a fair outcome for your injuries.
Strict Liability and Dog Bites
It is a common misconception that there is a “one-bite rule” for dog attacks countrywide. Under this type of law, a pet owner cannot be held liable unless the animal has shown a tendency toward being dangerous in the past. While there are a few states that may follow a one-bite rule, Florida applies a standard of strict liability when it comes to dog attacks.
Florida statute 767.04 states that a dog’s owner is likely liable for any attack that occurs in a public or private place if the injured person is there legally, regardless of any prior viciousness of the dog.
However, the law also states that the liability of the owner can be reduced if negligence on the part of the victim can be proved. If the person injured did something to incite the dog or trespassed on the property, liability could be reduced or eliminated.
Animal attacks involve specific laws and can be complex. Victims of these incidents are highly recommended to hire a dog bites and animal attacks law firm. An experienced Delray Beach attorney will be able to help you understand your rights and explain your options for pursuing compensation.
Common Dog Bite Injury Types
The type and severity of your injuries will make a difference when it comes to the level of compensation you may receive. A Delray Beach dog bites and animal attack lawyer will be able to assess your claim and determine an accurate valuation based on your injuries.
The following are some of the injuries that may result from a dog bite attack:
- Abrasions, lacerations, and puncture wounds,
- Broken bones,
- Soft tissue injuries,
Why Choose Elstein Legal
Recovering from a dog or other animal bite can be a long process. From dealing with your injuries and coping with the emotional trauma to handling the aftermath of medical assistance, the added stress of filing an injury claim can be a significant burden.
Brian L. Elstein is sympathetic to the issues that can accompany a Delray Beach dog bite or animal attack incident. Attorney Elstein will be there to advocate on your behalf and make sure your rights are protected. Contact us to learn more about how we can help with your claim.