Dog Bites are frightening and traumatic for any victim, child or adult. The Law Offices of Rue & Ziffra have been compassionately helping victims and their families of dog bite injuries in Florida for over 40 years in Orlando, Volusia County, Daytona Beach and Flagler County. Below you'll find information on tips to keep your family safe, statistics and more.
Avoid 7 Dog Bite Mistakes
There are 7 very important common mistakes to avoid regarding dog bite injuries such as failing to seek immediate medical care or giving a recorded statement or signing insurance company forms.
What is a Dangerous Dog?
What Happens if My Dog is Deemed “Dangerous”?
How Common are Dog Bite Injuries?
According to the CDC, "Nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, half of these are children. One in five dog bites results in injuries serious enough to require medical attention." It continues on to say that those who required medical attention, 27,000 of them needed reconstructive surgery.
While a number of dog bites are caused by a person’s own carelessness or even mistreatment of a dog, aggressive dogs are out there and can do serious damage, even with no provocation. For this reason, Florida statutes hold dog owners strictly liable for injuries or damages caused by their dog, regardless of any history of viciousness or previous biting incidents.
Dog bite injuries are no laughing joke, and the CDC says that while any dog, regardless of breed, has the potential to bite, "they are largely preventable". Victims of dog attacks and dog bites may be entitled to receive help and compensation for injuries caused by someone else’s dog.
Bodily Injuries Resulting from Dog Bites and Attacks
Dog bites may result in one or more of the following common injuries:
One in four dog bites become infected and require treatment for the possibility of rabies.
An infection from a dog bite develops when an animal’s teeth break a human’s skin and introduce saliva containing disease organisms. Some common infections resulting from a viral dog bite include:
Rabies- A deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals. Common symptoms include fever, headache, trouble swallowing, hallucinations and partial paralysis.
Cellulitis- A spreading infection of the deep layers of the skin that usually begins as a small area where the skin has been broken open. This area begins to spread, however, causing symptoms such as fever, chills and sweats and swollen lymph nodes (“swollen glands”) near the area of infected skin.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) is a common classification of symptoms where victims feel depressed, nervous or fearful after a horrific event occurs. A dog bite victim may not only experience PTSD after the attack occurs, but can suffer from its symptoms for months after.
Another painful effect of a dog bite occurs when the victim establishes a strong fear of dogs and the outdoors. Many victims may avoid certain aspects of their daily routine, such as taking walks and visiting with friends, if dogs are present in those areas. Even individuals who claimed to be a “dog lover” often find it uncomfortable to position themselves around dogs after an attack occurs.
Not only can dog bites cause bodily injury in the form of disfiguring scars and infection, they can also leave the victim with impending social consequences.
In our society today, disfigured victims can be subject to social discrimination from having embarrassing scars and wounds that may not heal entirely. As a result, they may feel too humiliated to go out into public whether for meeting with friends or going on dates.
What can I Recover from a Dog Bite Claim?
Orlando, Volusia County and Flagler Dog Bite Attorneys for over 40 Years
Looking for an experienced dog bite lawyer? For over 40 Years, the attorneys at the law offices of Rue & Ziffra have provided legal advice and results for those who have been affected by a Dog Bite Injury in Bunnell, Daytona Beach, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Flagler Beach, New Smyrna, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Port Orange and Sanford.