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Tampa Dog Bites

While dogs are known as man’s best friend, sometimes they’re just not friendly at all. Dogs have been known to bite people, including their owners. When they do, what happens next?

Liability depends on state law. Some states go by strict liability, while others have a “one bite” rule in which the dog is given a chance. Read on to learn more about Florida’s laws.

What Florida Law Says

Florida law states that the owner of a dog that bites a person, while in a public place or while in a private place with permission, is liable for the victim’s damages. Florida is a strict liability state, which means that the law applies regardless of the dog’s history of vicious behavior. However, if the victim contributed to the dog attack (such as by teasing the dog or trespassing), then their damages will be reduced accordingly. The victim is not required to prove that the owner’s negligence caused their injuries.

The owner is not liable if there is a sign on the premises that includes the words “Bad Dog.” The only exceptions are if the dog owner was negligent in any way or if the victim was under the age of 6.

In serious cases, a dog may be declared as dangerous under state law. There are certain rules that apply in these cases. For example, the dog must be registered with local authorities and kept in a location with warning signs.

Florida dog bite laws consider a dangerous dog as:

  • A dog that has aggressively attacked or bitten someone.
  • A dog that has seriously injured or killed an animal multiple times.
  • A dog that has aggressively approached or chased someone without being provoked.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can cause a variety of injuries, including the following:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Facial injuries
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement
  • Rabies and other infections
  • Emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What to Do After a Dog Bite

With dog bites, the biggest concern is infection. Stay safe and healthy after a dog attack by following these steps:

  • Wash the wound. Clean out the bite wound with mild soap and running (warm) water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Stop the bleeding. Use a clean cloth and apply pressure.
  • Apply antibiotics. Use Neosporin or a similar over-the-counter antibiotic cream.
  • Cover the wound. Wrap it in a sterile bandage.
  • See a doctor. It’s best to see a doctor within eight hours of the attack, as the risk of infection runs high after that.
  • Follow doctor’s orders. Get a tetanus shot and take any prescribed medications.

Contact Us Today

Dog bites can cause serious injuries, including lacerations, broken bones, scarring, disfigurement, facial trauma, and even death. Make sure you get compensation for all your damages.

The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can advise you with your dog bite case. We can help hold the dog’s owner responsible for your damages. Fill out the online form or call 813-251-0072 to schedule a free consultation.

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