Being bitten by a dog can be a traumatic experience. In Florida, dog owners have strict liability, meaning they are responsible if their dog bites you. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to learn what can be done in your case. But first, make sure you follow these steps.
Seek Medical Attention
Dog bite puncture wounds can be easily infected because of the bacteria in a dog's mouth. Be aware that you may need stitches, cosmetic surgery, pain medication, or other medical attention for your dog bites. Around 15 percent of dog bite wounds become infected.
Call Animal Services
All animal bites should be reported to animal control within 24 hours. This will ensure animal services can monitor the animals health to prevent serious injury to you. If the owner of a biting animal is violating the law by allowing a vicious animal to run loose a citation may be issued. An animal quarantine may be conducted at the dog owners home or at the shelter.
Take Pictures of the Scene
Make sure to take cell phone pictures of the scene, the dog and the injury if possible. Even though the burden of proof is on the dog owner, these pictures will be extremely helpful to your case.
Get Dog Owners Information
If you don't know the dog owner it's important to get their information. Information should include, but is not limited to, the dog owner's name, the breed, size, age and weight of the dog, the owner's address and phone number.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
A personal injury attorney will undersand the details associated with dog bite cases. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible will give you the best chance to recover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering associated with your injury. Do not discuss with the owner of the dog who was responsible for the dog bite. Also do not allow yourself to be interviewed or recorded by the insurance company of the dog's owner.