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Fort Lauderdale, with its year-round warm weather, is one of the best places in the country to own a dog. Dog owners can look forward to sunny weekends at the park playing with man’s best friend. Most pet owners are caring and responsible, but unfortunately, not all dog owners take their duty to train and care for their pet seriously.
This can often lead to situations where an aggressive and poorly trained dog attacks a person out of the blue. In 2015, a mother and son were hospitalized with serious injuries after a free-roaming dog attacked them outside of their home in Fort Lauderdale.
Dog bites are among some of the most painful and traumatic injuries a person can receive. A dog attack can leave life-long scars and medical conditions that require expensive treatment. If you or someone you love has been attacked by a dog, our attorneys in Fort Lauderdale may be able to held hold the dog owner responsible.
Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to learn how our dog bite attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can fight to try and recover compensation for current and future medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Florida’s Dog Bite Law
Florida is one of many states with dog bite laws. In our state, dog owners are liable whenever their dog attacks a person on public property. Dog owners may also be liable if the attack occurs on their private property and harms a person lawfully invited and present there. If a dog attack involves a person not invited to the property, but present to fulfill a legal job duty, such as a government agent or postal worker, the dog owner could also be held liable for that. Liability may be reduced in circumstances where the victim of the dog bite instigated the attack by teasing, taunting, or hurting the dog.
Leash Laws in Broward County
In Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County as a whole, leash law dictates that all dogs must be on a leash when off their owner’s property. If a dog is at “at large” or roaming off-leash without their owner, residents can call 311 to report it in order to prevent a potential dog attack. ## Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can be potentially fatal if severe enough, and can leave both short-term and permanent injuries including:
- Laceration and puncture wounds;
- Blood loss;
- Nerve damage, loss of sensation, or loss of function;
- Disfiguring scars; and
- Broken or crushed bones from attack or fall.
These types of attacks are also mentally and emotionally traumatic to the victim. Therapy treatment may be necessary to get over the lasting mental anguish following a dog bite.
Our Dog Bite Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale Can Help
Our experienced dog bite attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can help you get the compensation you need after a serious dog attack. In supporting your claim, your attorney may do the following:
- Collect evidence including the location of the attack;
- Locate the dog owner for liability purposes
- Check if the dog has previously attacked others and if the dog has been vaccinated;
- Interview eye-witnesses, if available; and
- Use medical records to prove the extent and severity of your injuries.
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt in a dog attack, our attorneys will fight to try and get justice and compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form today to learn more about what our dog bite attorneys in Fort Lauderdale can do for you.