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Dog and Animal Bite

Fort Lauderdale Lawyer David I. Fuchs has over 20 years of experience in successfully representing dog and animal bite victims, their families and friends who have sustained and suffered serious bodily injuries because of an attack by a dog or other animal.

Why so many dog bites?

Recent statistics have revealed that there are over 5 million dog bites every year! There are many household pet dogs in the United States alone. In fact, there are over 60 million! With so many domesticated animals in the lives of Americans, this statistic is strictly a numbers game, there are bound to be accidents. As crime has increased with the recession, more and more American are opting for fiercer breeds. People are working harder and longer hours, and pets are often left home alone and go untrained by their busy owners. Research has shown that pet dogs that spend a lot of time by themselves and constrained and have no obedience training are very likely to bite people if provoked.

Liability

The law typically sides with the bite victim. In the past, your pet needed to have a "rap sheet". In other words, it needed to have shown itself to be dangerous in order for the owner to be liable. Currently, however, owners are now liable for their pets regardless of previous "good behavior". If a dog or pet injures a person, its owner is responsible for both the medical expenses of the injured, lost wages, and even therapy costs! Though extremely difficult to prove, the owner may not be responsible or held liable if the injured party was not being prudent. For example, if the injured party was trespassing on private property, or antagonizing and provoking the animal, this may absolve the pet owner of any liability.

Dog Training

Most dog bites are entirely preventable. The key to maintaining a safe pet is by training and socializing your animal properly. There are resources in place to inexpensively teach your dog basic obedience. For example, local humane societies often offer training classes which are an easy and low cost option for teaching your pet to behave appropriately around people and even other animals. Below are four easy steps to apply towards practicing better pet safety:

  • Never let a dog run at large.
  • Keep your dog's vaccinations current.
  • Keep the dog out of strangers' paths.
  • Post warning signs

Child safety

Children have a greater likelihood of being bitten by a dog than adults. This is often the case because of a lack of safety education and children may not fully understand the potential dangers that animals can create. If you have small children, you can teach them the following safety precautions to take when dogs are present. Four basic rules that children should follow include:

  • Allow the dog to sniff you prior to petting it
  • Do not disrupt a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for its puppies
  • Never run from a dog
  • Do not make eye contact with a dog, as it may interpret the action as threatening and aggressive

What if I am bitten?

If you, your child, or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, it is crucial that you get it checked out in the hospital immediately. Dog bites can be infectious and depending on the breed and severity of the bite, it can be a traumatic experience. By following these steps you can provide the best protection for yourself and loved ones when a dog bite occurs:

  • Write down the owners contact information and breed of the dog
    • Record time, place, and conditions surrounding the incident
    • Take pictures if possible
  • Have the injury assessed as soon as possible
    • Dog bites can be infectious
    • Bites should be treated quickly and professionally
  • Contact a dog bite attorney
    • A dog bite attorney knows the letter of the law
    • A knowledgeable attorney can represent your rights

South Florida  David I. Fuchs will represent you for injuries that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Injuries requiring surgery, sutures, staples
  2. Traumatic Brain Injury cases, including those caused by oxygen deprivation
  3. Severe burns resulting in significant and permanent scarring
  4. Mental anguish and emotional distress, death
  5. Those injuries caused by a collision with a driver that is drunk, impaired or otherwise under the influence of narcotics or drugs.

After an attack by a dog or other animal it is imperative to call the police to the accident scene, seek immediate medical treatment. It is then important to seek legal counsel to protect your legal rights by callingAtorney David I. Fuchs who will take your call and speak with you immediately about your dog bite case. Fort Lauderdale Lawyer David I. Fuchs will then stand ready to fight for you to see that you get compensation for your pain and suffering, any lost wages and medical bills.

Call  attorney David I. Fuchs Toll Free at 800-570-2858 for a free consultation to discuss your dog or animal bite case. You may also write to lawyer David I. Fuchs by filling out the form on the "Contact Us" page.

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