In 2012, Florida ranked eighth in the nation for dog bite insurance payout claims, which is a reflection of the overall negligence involved in dog ownership throughout the country. Every year in the United States, 4.7 million people suffer from a dog bite, leaving one in five in need of serious medical care. These injuries may require reconstructive surgery, or at the very least can cause scarring that will deflate the self-esteem of adults and children alike.
When anyone in our Orlando, Florida community suffers from a dog bite, Brett M. Bressler Attorney-at-Law is available to assess the overall damage of the attack, and help the victim recover from his/her injuries by holding the negligent party responsible. The sad truth behind dog bite statistics is that children are more likely to receive medical treatment for dog bites than adults, and that rate is highest among children 5- to 9-year-olds. When children suffer from a dog bite, not only are they physically injured, but their emotional capacity is compromised as a result, leaving them afraid of the animals they once loved. Our compassionate and experienced dog bite lawyer wants to help these victims recover fully, and help make a difference in their lives by improving the way they view animals in the future. A dog bite does not have to dictate your or your child’s behavior around animals, because we will personally help you get the physical, emotional and financial care you need to move forward in a positive way.
Dog Bite Consequences and Treatment
Often times individuals assume that a dog bite is the result of a feral dog that is unsafely roaming their neighborhoods, and surprising unsuspecting walkers, joggers, bicyclist and kids at play. Although these cases make up a segment of the 4.7 million dog bite victim’s circumstance each year, they are not in the majority. In fact, 77% of dog bites are from dogs owned by friends and family members, and 50% of those attacks occur on the dog owner’s property.
This means that you and your family usually have a relationship with, or at the very least have interacted with, the dog that eventually bites you or your family. These surprise attacks can cause tremendous physical and emotional trauma, including:
- Emotional Trauma
- Muscle and Tendon Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Puncture Wounds/Pierced Skin
- Skin Loss
If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog bite, even if it was from a familiar dog owned by a family member or friend, it is imperative that you seek medical care to ensure that any physical injuries are cared for properly.
Dependable and Compassionate Representation
When our clients consider pursuing their friends and family members, or even complete strangers, for damages from their dog’s bite, they typically feel guilty or saddened by the turn of events. Brett M. Bressler Attorney-at-Law will provide you and your family with all of the information you need to pursue a claim, while explaining exactly how dog bite laws work in Orlando, Florida.
If you have been injured by a dog bite, you are entitled to compensation to cover your medical expenses, time away from work, and to combat your overall pain and suffering. Dog bite victims typically must obtain follow up care as a result of their injuries, and this treatment is not cheap or decided by choice. When someone is negligent in their dog owning responsibilities, it is up to our esteemed firm to hold them responsible. Keep in mind that if you are making a claim against a loved one, or long-time friend, you are not pursuing them directly, but instead are making a claim with his/her insurance company.
Full Support for Dog Bite Victims Is Only a Phone Call Away
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dog bite, contact Brett M. Bressler our Orlando, Florida attorney today at (407)599-2002 to discuss preparing a case that will allow you to recover physically, financially and emotionally. Our friendly and compassionate staff is here to help you get through this difficult and painful time.