Dog bites can be very traumatic to a person, both psychologically and physically. They can leave scarring or nerve damage, and can lead to infection. There can also be long-term implications from dog bite injuries. Young children who suffer a vicious dog attack may be terrified of dogs for the rest of their lives.
Dog and pet owners are responsible for ensuring they take proper measures to make sure others are not put in harms way with regards to potential harmful incidents with their pets. If the dog owner fails to adhere to proper safety precautions, and their dog bites or attacks someone causing injury, they may legally liable for the actions of their pet.
According to the Insurance Information Institute based in New York, Dog Bite Injuries accounted for one third of a home owner insurance claims, with over half of these claims with the dog bite incident occurring on the pet owners property. In 2008 dog bite liability claims totaled 387 million dollars, which was an increase of 9 percent from 2007. In 2010 dog bite liability claims totaled 413 million dollars. This shows an upward trend in dog bite related injuries that shows no sign of slowing down.
Many dog bite and dog attack incidents may have been avoided if the owner had taken even the simplest of precautions, such as properly chaining their dog up, ensuring the dog collar was properly fitted so they could not slip out and attack, and not leaving their dog unattended and roaming freely.
Call Central Florida Personal Injury Lawyer, Gail Cheatwood today at 863.686.0975.
If you were bitten by a dog or other type of pet, it is important to: