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Dogs may be considered man’s best friend, but in a matter of seconds, a dog bite accident can cause serious injuries. Oftentimes, these dog attacks require medical attention and, in some cases, surgery to correct the damage. Victims of Tampa dog attacks may also need psychiatric care to deal with the trauma after the accident.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs bite over 4.7 million people each year.

If you have been injured from a Tampa dog bite accident, the dog bite attorneys at Vanguard Attorneys will work to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. We have 90 years of combined experience in handling even the most complex kinds of personal injury cases in Tampa.


Why File an Injury Claim?

It is important to know that you have rights under Florida laws, which specifically address an owner’s liability for damages the dog has caused. The dog owner is responsible if the dog attacks you while you are on public property or lawfully on private property. Our legal team will work diligently to secure maximum compensation for you.

Filing an injury claim may help you secure damages for:

  • Medical care
  • Income loss
  • Rehabilitative care

Why You Need an Attorney for a Dog Bite Injury Claim

You’ve been through enough as the victim of a dog attack in Tampa. Let an attorney take care of the legal process for you while you rest and focus on healing. Handing your case over to an attorney ensures the best possible chances of winning your case. This is especially important if you or a loved one suffered catastrophic injuries in Tampa that will affect you for life. Your lawyer will go up against one or more defendants in pursuit of maximum financial compensation on your behalf.

Florida Dog Bite Injury Statistics

Violent dog attacks happen every year in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Health, 799 dog bite injuries were reported over a two-year period. Children under the age of six are at the greatest risk of being bitten. Most dog bites involving children under the age of six (86 percent) were dogs that the child’s family knew. Across all age groups, the most common cause of dog bite injuries was inappropriate behavior management. This includes interacting with the dog while it was being fed or chewing on a toy. Another common cause was protective behavior.

Florida’s Dog Bite Laws

According to Florida Statutes Section 761.01, the owner of a dog is liable (financially responsible) for any damage done by his or her dog to any person, domestic animal or livestock. The owner of any dog that bites someone while the victim is in a public place or lawfully on private property is liable for damages suffered by the victim. This is a strict liability law, meaning it is not necessary to prove negligence in connection to the dog attack to hold the pet owner liable.

To be eligible for financial compensation, you do not have to prove that the owner of the dog contributed to the accident by allowing the dog to be off-leash or run at large. It is enough to demonstrate that the dog caused your injuries or property damage. However, if you contributed to the dog bite incident in any way, such as by trespassing, this could reduce the liability of the pet owner and your financial recovery.

Common Injuries Suffered in Dog Attacks in Tampa

When a dog attacks in Tampa, the outcome can be devastating for the victim. A dog can cause many severe injuries, including:

  • Lacerations
  • Deep puncture wounds
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Muscle and soft-tissue injuries
  • Degloving
  • Evisceration
  • Crush injuries
  • Facial trauma
  • Eye injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Rabies and other diseases
  • Infections
  • Wrongful death

You or a loved one may be eligible for financial compensation after suffering any of these injuries in a dog attack in the Tampa Bay area.

What to Do After a Dog Bite Injury in Tampa

It is important to know what steps to take after suffering a dog bite injury. These steps can make it easier to obtain fair financial compensation for your injuries and related losses, such as medical bills. Here’s what you should do after a dog attack in Tampa:

  1. Get to safety. If the situation is an emergency, dial 911 to reach your local law enforcement agency immediately.
  1. If your injuries permit, obtain the information of the pet owner, including his or her name, address and telephone number.
  1. Immediately clean your wounds with soap and warm water. Then seek professional medical attention for further treatment to avoid infections.
  1. Report the dog bite injury to the Hillsborough County Animal Services and Rabies Control by calling (813) 744-5660. An Animal Services officer may visit you in person to obtain more information.
  1. Contact a dog bite injury lawyer in Tampa at (813) 680-2007 for assistance holding the pet owner financially responsible for your bills and losses.

Dog bite reporting is important so that the county has up-to-date information on dangerous dogs. This can hold the owner of the dog accountable – especially if the same dog goes on record injuring someone else in the future. Once you contact Vanguard Attorneys, we can help you with the other steps that it takes to recover financial compensation.

Our Tampa Dog Bite Attorneys Are Ready to Protect Your Rights

To help you receive a fair outcome, we will begin working immediately to analyze what occurred. Our Tampa dog bite lawyers will obtain important evidence and investigate the injuries you sustained. We will take pictures of the injuries inflicted, take witnesses’ statements, and obtain photographs of the dog(s) when possible. Let us help you enforce your rights and work to get you appropriate compensation for your injuries. Contact us today.

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