Orlando Dog Bite Attorney
There are few events as traumatic as a dog bite or vicious dog attack. Dog attacks happen to people of all ages, genders, and abilities, though the worst attacks are usually to the very young and the very old members of our society; victims under 12 and victims over 75 are the most likely to die or suffer extreme injuries in a dog attack. If you or a loved one were harmed by a stranger’s dog, a neighbor’s dog, or a friend or family member’s dog, we encourage you to reach out to an attorney to explore your options for compensation. You should not be stuck with medical bills because of another party’s negligence. The Orlando dog bite attorneys at The Hornsby Law Group are here to guide you on your next steps.
Damages in an Orlando Dog Bite Claim
If the owner is found liable for the attack, plaintiff’s have the ability to recover the following damages in dog bite and dog attack claims:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Loss of joy of life
- Property damage
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement damages
Damages in a dog bite claim are almost always paid by the owner’s home insurance company, not the owner themselves. As such, you should not be worried about causing economic harm to the owner of the dog. While their insurance policy may go up because of the claim, events like dog attacks are why homeowners have insurance to begin with.
Common Injuries Suffered by Dog Bite Victims Crash Victims Suffer
- Puncture wounds to the hands, groin, legs, and face
- Loss of flesh from the ripping motion of a dog bite
- Contusions and lacerations from falling
- Fractured bones from falling, particularly arms, wrists, and ankles
- Amputation of the fingers
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent damage to the sex organs, a region dogs sometimes target
- Loss of function in the affected body part due to nerve damage
- Infection from the dog bite, leading to other serious complications
About one in three dog bites become infected, which is why it is vital that you seek medical attention for any dog bite that pierces the skin. Receiving antibiotics early, in addition to stitches, will stave off infection, and will result in faster and better healing. In addition to the physical injuries, most dog attack survivors suffer from at least some degree of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and have trouble being around dogs for months or years to come. Sometimes this is the most tragic aspect of being attacked by a dog.
Call an Orlando Dog Bite Attorney Today
You did not ask to be attacked. As such, it is only fair that your medical expense, lost wages, and other damages are fairly compensated by the at-fault party. Whether the dog jumped a fence, you were petting the dog one moment and the next it had your hand in its mouth, or an off leash dog attacked your child, the Orlando dog bites attorneys at The Hornsby Law Group can help. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.