There are more than 4.5 million reported dog bites every year. Thousands of these victims will suffer physical and emotional trauma and require serious medical attention. If you were bitten by a dog while in the course and scope of your employment you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under Florida’s laws. You may also have a personal injury or premises liability claim depending on the circumstances of the attack and the breed of the dog as certain cities in Florida have special rules related to certain breeds.
At the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt, we take dog bite attacks very seriously and so should you. Whether you are in Illinois, Georgia, or Florida, if you have suffered a dog bite attack, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney today.
When a dog bite injury occurs, immediately report the injury and seek medical attention. Then call one of the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys who are experienced in handling these injuries.
All dogs have the potential to attack and bite. You can never know when a dog will bite. Sometimes, you may not even know a dog is present until it is too late. Typically, a dog will be more likely to bite if it is surprised, guarding its territory, protecting its owner, in heat, provoked, or feels threatened.
Education is the number-one dog-bite prevention measure. Be aware of your surroundings when you enter a new environment. Don’t trust the owner when they tell you the animal won’t bite, they may not bite them, but you never know how an animal will react to a stranger. Ask that the dog be secured before entering into a building or home and be ready to close the door or move out of striking distance if you feel threatened.
Frequently Asked Dog Bite Law Questions
Q. What if a dog does not bite me, but causes me to fall and suffer injuries? Is this a case?
A. Yes, this is a case. Though this page addresses dog bites, any injury caused by another’s animal can lead to a compensable claim.
Q. To whom should I report the dog bite (or attack)?
A. You must report the attack to the home owner, your employer and the police.
Q. What else should I do after the attack?
A. Besides seeking immediate medical attention, take pictures of the injury and the accident site. Look for signs warning of animals, or better yet, the lack of signs or obstructions causing difficulty or inability to see warning signs
In addition to filing a worker’s compensation claims for your dog bite injury, you may also be able to file a legal claim against the animal’s owner or against the property owner if neither where your employer. In these situations you may be able to recover additional damages that are not available under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work related dog bite, injury contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer today to determine where your best chances are to receive the benefits your may be owed under the law. Our experienced dog bite injury attorneys are ready and waiting to help you file your dog bite claim today. Call the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt, we are waiting to speak with you for a free and confidential consultation.
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