Dog Bites And Other Animal Attacks

Orlando Dog Bite Attorneys: Helping Clients in Orlando, Winter Park, Kissimmee and Central Florida

For many Americans their dogs and other animals are a source of love and companionship, and Orlando is the perfect place to have one! Central Florida, and Orlando in particular, has many dog-friendly parks where dogs can run freely without a leash and "socialize" with other dogs. However, not all animals show others the same love they show to their owners and, with so many dogs in the area, the number of dog bites and animal attacks is high.

Tips to Prevent Dog Attacks and Bites

  • Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially if the owner is not present
  • Respect the space of a dog, especially while they are with puppies, sleeping or eating
  • Always ask the owner before approaching a dog
  • Watch the dog’s body language for signs of stress and aggression
  • Stay calm. Avoid running or screaming
  • Try to stand sideways to the dog and avoid staring at the dog’s eyes. Instead, keep him in your peripheral vision

What To Do If You are Attacked By a Dog

  • Central Florida Dog Bite Attorney Handles Cases in OrlandoTry to put something between yourself and the dog (a jacket, purse, etc.)
  • If you fall or the a dog knocks you down, curl into a ball and cover your ears with your hands
  • Wash the wound thoroughly with warm water and soap. Seek medical attention
  • Collect information including the owner’s name and address
  • Try to collect contact information from any witness of the attack
  • Report the attack immediately to the local animal care and control agency.
  • Tell the animal control official everything you know about the dog, including their owner's name and the address where they live. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control official what the dog looks like, where you saw them, whether you've seen them before and in which direction they went
  • Contact a dog bite attorney to protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve!

Dog Bites Consequences

Dog bites can range from minor to so severe that they can be deadly. The most frequent target of dog attacks is the face. Facial injuries can be devastating and have lifelong consequences both emotionally and physically, especially in a child. Among the consequences a person bitten by a dog or other animals may face are:

  • Scars
  • Painful and expensive cosmetic surgery
  • Brain injuries
  • Bamaged muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels
  • Infections
  • Rabies
  • Long medical treatments
  • Psychological trauma that requires psychological treatment and counseling
  • Death

Damages That May Be Recovered After A Dog Bite or Other Animal Attack

If a person dies due to an animal attack the family members may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. If the injuries are severe but do not cause death, you may be entitled to obtain monetary compensation. Among the recoverable damages are: 

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills (present and future)
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost Wages
  • Veterinary expenses
  • Property damages

A personal injury attorney experienced in dog bites and other animal attacks can help you determine the damages you are entitled to and will work to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 407-835-8968.

Statute of Limitations For Dog Bite Claims in Florida

Dog bite claims need to be filed within a specific time frame. In Florida, a person who has been inured by a dog has four (4) years since the date of the attack to file a claim in civil court. Once this period of time has expired, the victim will no longer be able to bring a claim. As a result, we strongly advice victims of dog bites and other animal attack incidents in Central Florida to contact an experienced dog bite attorney in Orlando as soon as possible.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal, you need to hold the owner of the animal responsible. An Orlando dog bite attorney can go a long way to ensuring that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Our personal injury lawyers have stood up for people throughout Central Florida who have been severely injured due to someone else's negligence.

Dog Bites And Homeowner’s Insurance In Florida

Florida has strict liability laws in dog bites and animal attacks. This means that a dog or animal owner is automatically responsible for injuries resulting from a bite or attack. If you have been bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal in Central Florida or anywhere in Florida, you only have to prove your damages.

In many dog bite cases, a person is bitten by a neighbor's dog. When neighbors have friendly relations, the person who has been bitten may be concerned about filing a lawsuit against their neighbor. We understand this concern. However, any claim for damages will be against your neighbor's homeowners insurance policy. These insurance policies are designed for incidents such as dog bites. They are very effective at helping you get the compensation you need for your medical expenses, any lost income, and pain and suffering.

Experienced Orlando Dog Bite Attorney in Central Florida

Have you suffered injuries because of a dog bite or has been attacked by an animal in Winter Park, Kissimmee or anywhere in Central Florida? Call our Orlando dog bite attorneys at 407-835-8968 or Toll free at1-866-680-4LAW. You may also fill out the online form located at the top of this page and our premises liability lawyers at LaBar Adams will contact you shortly. Your consultation is free of charge and we can meet you at home, the hospital or another location if you cannot come to our office in downtown Orlando.

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  • Are there any breeds banned in Florida? Florida does not ban any specific breed of dog at the State level. Rather, State law puts restrictions on a “dangerous dog” which is defined as a dog that has aggressively bitten, attacked, or endangered or has inflicted severe injury on a human being on public or private property; or (b) has more than once severely injured or killed a domestic animal while off the owner’s property; or (c) has, when unprovoked, chased or approached a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack, provided that such actions are attested to in a sworn statement by one or more persons and dutifully investigated by the appropriate authority....Read more
  • What should I do if a neighbor has an aggressive dog? I am scared about my children playing in my own backyard! First and foremost you should be proactive in keeping yourself and your children safe and free from danger. Second, you should approach your neighbor to advise them of your concern regarding their aggressive dog and that you fear for your family’s safety. You should follow-up any such conversation with a correspondence memorializing what you spoke about. Third, you should obtain video, pictures, and statements from other neighbors that demonstrate the aggressiveness of the dog. Finally, you should contact your local animal control authority and advise them of the aggressive dog.
  • A friend's dog bit my son. I feel sad about suing him. Is there any alternative?There are alternatives to filing a lawsuit. For example, if your son was bit while at your friend’s house, you could retain an attorney to make contact with your friend’s homeowner insurance carrier. The insurance carrier may cover your son’s medical bills and other damages that resulted from the dog bite.
  • A dog attacked my dog while in a dog park. Do I have a legal claim?Florida law provides that owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a “domestic animal.” The definition of “domestic animal” includes a dog. So the owner of a dog that is attacked by another dog at a dog park would have a claim against the owner of the aggressive dog under Florida law.